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FOR ALUMNI OF 
THE ACADEMIC 




WE'RE CHANGING 



VCU ALUMNI ASS 



The University has been committed to sending the alumni magazine 
to all alumni. Unfortunately, we can't keep seeing each other like this. 

Publication costs continue to rise, and the number of alumni grows 
by 4,000 even/ year. There are now more than 1 00,000 alumni. 

Our goal is to produce a high quality magazine that reflects alumni 
pride, achievement and talent. Shafer Court Connections uses alumni 
talent in its production and focuses most of its space on alumni. We 
will continue that commitment. 

Within the next 1 8 months, however, we will have to cut our 
production and distnbution costs significantly. The Alumni Association 
Board and the editors are talking over several possibilities, and we will 
be telling you more about proposed changes in the next two issues. 

We welcome your ideas. Send them to us at VCU-ALUM@vcu.edu 
or visit the alumni website at www.vcu.edu/alumni/. Fax us at (804) 828- 
0878 or mail us at P.O. Box 843044; Richmond, Virginia 23284-3044. 

GREATER RICHMOND PARINEOIP IN NYC 

An annual New York event November 18 gave VCU alumni a chance to 
gather, while VCU and its Greater Richmond Partners convinced New 
Yorkers that Richmond is a great place to live and work. About 130 people 
heard VCU's Joyce Dodd's slide presentation about VCU's 21st Century 

News Center, a multimedia training 
ground for graduate students and 
professional journalists. Actor 
Raynor (Johnson) Scheine '70BFA 
stopped into the reception at the 
Time-Life Building on his way to LA, 
to visit with fellow alumni and share 
the audible and edible delights of a 
jazz trio and great hors d'oeuvres. 





GOLDEN CIRCLE AT HOME 



Members of VCU's 
Golden Circle, our 50- 
year alumni, had a look at 
plans for their new VCU 
home in October. They 
gathered in the parlor at 
Ritter-Hickock House — a 
previous home, sinc^. the 
house had been an RPI 
dorm. Martha Moore '37BS/H&S— on right, with Clinton and Lucille 
(Anderson) Baber '39BS(MT)/AH— especially enjoyed hearing plans for the 
new Alumni House, because 924 West Franklin Street was home to Martha 
when she was first married. 




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ON CALENDAR 



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March 8-12 
Alumni Extern Program 

March 22 

March 30 

Alumni Caii-a-tkon to Top 500 Stadents 

University Meeting Center 
6:00 pm 

March 20 
African American Alumni Council Meeting 

Alumni Board Room, Student Commons 
10am 

April 10 
Now We're Cookin' 

April 23-24 

Reunion '99 

Classes of '49 and '59, African American Alumni, 

Departments of Music, Political Science, 

Accounting and Psychology 

April 26-28 
Exam Survival Kits 

May 1 
Odyssey of the Mind 

Creative problem solving competition 
for 4,500-5,000 Virginia students K-12 all over campus. 

May 4-12 
Tuscany Alumni Campus Abroad 

May 5-6 

Cap and Gown Distribution and 

Commencement Photography 

Student Commons Theatre 



May 11 
VCU Alumni Association Board of Directors Meeting 

May 15 

Commencement '99 

Commencement Breakfast 

Sixth Street Marketplace 7:30 am 

May 24 
AAA Council Meeting 

University Meeting Center 
10am 

August 18-26 
Ireland Alumni Campus Abroad 

October 
Grand Opening of VCU Alumni House 



VCU ALUMNI ASSOCIATION 

Alumni Association Officers 

IMarsha Shuler '74BS '79MAyB 
President 

HughKcogh'81MS/MC 

Prcsuleiiltilect 




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James Rothrock '78iVlS/AH(RC) 

Secretary 

BethAyets'91MS/E 

Treasurer 

lack Amos '68BFA 

Officer at Large 

Cliairs of School Alumni Boards 

Conni Si. John •89BS/H&S '94MSW 

School of Social Work 

Mania Byrd '92BGS/NTS 

Nontradhional Studies Program 

Quentin Corbett '72BS/B 

School of Business 

Marie Tsuchiya '89PhD/E 

School of Education 




Board of Director 



Term Expiring 2001 

Kathleen Barrett '71BS 73MS/B 

William Davis '74BS/H8tS/CPA '79MS/H8(S/CPA 

Stephanie Holt '74BS/E 

Richard Ijatherman '79BGS/NTS '82M£d '87PhD/E 

Katherine Mattes '90BA/H8iS 

Term Expiring 2000 

Andrew Hulcher '84BS/B 

Mark Kemp '79BFA 

EdSlipek'74BFA 

Brace Tw)Tnan 74BS/MC 

Term Expiring '99 

Frederick Facka '92MS/B 

EBy Burden Gill 79 BS '91MEd/E 

I.SoutliallSlone7lBS/B 

Linda Vines '82MSW/SW 

African Americxtn Aliunni (Council 
Marilyn CampbeU '81 BS/MC 

VCVAA Presiilenfs Appointees 

John Cook 

M. Kenneth Magill '6SBS/B •69MS/E 

Nicholas Orsiin '6585/6 

Joan Reringer '86BGS/NTS 



VClTs new graduate program is the Adcenter of attention across the country. 

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Alumni stars lit up a November evening. 

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An array of new buildings on both campuses brings a paradigm shift for VCU. 

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From the drawing board to the bank, and from the ground up, 
VCU expertise builds a bunch of villages. 

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COVER PHOTOGRAPHY. 

Engineering by Kevin Schindler '89BFA: Sdgd Center and Parking Deck/Bookswrt by 

Jenmfer Watson; Medical Sciences byAUen Jones; Contstruction worker by Demos McWatas. 



VOL 5, NO. 1 
SPRING 1999 



Staff 

Mary EBcn Mercer 

editor 

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I have just received my first issue of 
Shafer Court Connections magazine 
from the VCU Alumni Association, 
and I want to pass along how pleas- 
antly surprised I was with the quality 
of this pubHcation. 

I would say this alumni magazine 
is on par with many schools' alumni 
magazines I've seen, and considering 
how "young" VCU and the concept 
of VCU Alumni is, this is an excellent 
publication. Keep up the good work. 
This is a piece of mail 1 look forward 
to seeing! 

Steve Kadar'82-'89 



The Summer '98 issue of Shafer Court 
Connections had a very nice three- 
page article on the University's year 
2000 preparations, written by 
Kathleen Thomas. I have received 
many positive comments on it, and 
am confident it has helped the 
University commimity understand 
the issues at hand. The storm-tossed 
ship on the cover generated several 
humorous comparisons to the 
Titanic, which have lightened up a 
few of our tasks. Thanks. 

Richard John 

VCU Year 2000 Coordinator 



It was great to have received the 
alumni publication. It helps to keep 
me connected to VCU, which I miss 
very much. Please note the new 
address and change in your computer 
system. I hope it is university-wide 
so I don't miss out on other VCU 
publications. Thank you. 

Susan Ciconte'93BS/H&S 



I am writing to change my address, 
but I have to add that I really like 
Shafer Court Connections. It is a class 
act of alumni magazines. 

Kim Carlton 



Foreign Correspondent 

VCU alumni all o\'er the world can give us a cbser perspective on our global coni- 
munit)'. Regb Chapman '91PhD/H&S had left for Tirana, Albania, as a budget 
advisor from the U.S. Treasury last April just as the situation with ethnic Albanians 
in neighboring Kosovo, Serbia, was heating up. We heard from him in July. 

I'm here for a full two years, but so far, the embassy has restricted our travel to a 
couple of local burmy hops. I brought my camping and climbing gear and am 
just dying to get out into the mountains. 

ActuaUy, things are calmer now than in April. There is less gunfire at night. 
At first I thought it was the world cup keeping the bad guys at the TV. Now I'm 
thinking the guns have moved up north to Kosovo. 

Two months ago I spent an evening unpacking my air shipment with guard 
Hassan, and later that evening, meeting his 15 year-old son. Erion was about to 
finish his school year and leave to work in Greece to help support his family. A 
couple weeks later, I heard that Erion was apprehended and beaten by Greek 
soldiers as he was trying to hike across the mountains into Greece. 

Had he made it, he would have earned about $45 per week, or $270. My 
guess is his living expenses would have been about $100, giving him a net gain of 
about $170. V^forried about the consequences of being caught a second time, 
Erion is working here in Tirana now. Forhinate to have a job, he works 1 hours 
a day, sk days a week in a factory that manufactures doors. His weekly pay is 
$10. After eight weeks, he will start a three-year professional program that will 
qualify him as an electrician. 

His family is proud he has chosen this course, since they regard the "gymna- 
sium," their term for the academic track that leads to a traditional university 
program, as unwholesome and leading to alcohol, drugs, smoking, and disco. 

I want to point out the stark reality that Hassan and Erion are not special. 
They represent tens of thousands of Albanian families who are trying to survive 
and who are hoping the fiature holds something better for their children. 

Yes, we congratulated ourselves and they celebrated the end of Communism 
eight years ago. But they are worse off now and I can see the question in their 
eyes — what do they have to do and how long do they have to wait for a better 
life? Say a prayer for them. 

In September he wrote from Washington 

Dianne and I were evacuated fi-om Albania due to terrorist activity. Since we've 
been here, Albania has had a series of anti-government demonstrations, one of 
which trashed the Finance Ministry, leaving bullet holes in my office wall! On 
October 10, 1 leave for a one-month assignment in Lithuania. Hopeftilly, the sit- 
uation in Albania will allow us to return in November. 

In January 1999, he wrote 

I was in Lithuania for two months. Currently, Dianne and I are in Budapest, 
where I'm developing a training program for finance professionals in former 
communist countries. I will be assigned to Slovakia in a month or so, which 
promises to make me feel guilty. But I suppose someone has to Kve 45 minutes 
from Vienna! 

Anything unusual going on? One of the blessings of Europe is you can go 
for weeks without hearing a word about the Clinton-Lewinsky deal. Please give 
my best to colleagues and smdents. 

Regis Chapman 




Our Man in Bosnia 

Another alumnus, John Cencich 
'93C/H8cS, is serving on the Tribunal 
for V^'ar Crimes in The Hague. He 
holds a Certificate in Criminal Justice 
from VCU and had been head of the 
enforcement division for Virginia's 
Charitable Gaming Commission, 
where the Division's work had 
resulted in 16 indictments for racke- 
teering and money latmdering — 
eight convictions, eight pending, in 
late August. 

He is doing forensic investigation 
in the field in Bosnia and Kosovo 
to cortoborate testimony on war 
crimes — sifting through mass graves 
and other detective work. Investi- 
gators are protected by UN troops. 
An interesting wrinkle is that 
Cencich's grandfather came to the 
U.S. from Croatia around 1900, 
although John Cencich speaks no 
Croatian. 

I've been involved with law 
enforcement for 20 years and you're 
always threatened with danger," he 
said. "I'm going into this with a 
positive attitude." 

From an article in the Richmond 
Times-Dispatch, August 22, 1998, by 
staff writer Tyler Whitley. 



Reality Bites 

We've heard informally firom some of 
you that you enjoyed the hiunor in 
loe Nio's piece about appearing in the 
Dockers commercial with his band, 
The Seymores. You've asked for more 
stories like that, and we'd like it, too. 

We'd love to hear fi-om other 
alimrni who have some post-grad. 
Real Life experience and would like to 
do a little write-down (not stand-up) 
comedy. Call Mary Ellen Mercer at 
(804) 828-7029; or email: 
mercer@atlas.vcu.edu. 

Thanii you, Keasia, 
and Good Lucit! 

Keasia Macklin, who for the past 
three years has done the Herculean 
task of writing up Alumni Notes as 
well as other duties, has left VCU 
Alumni Activities to go to school (at 
VCU, of course) fuH. time for her 
teaching degree. Keasia plans to teach 
some very lucky first graders. 

The Way We Were 

Top flight equipment for recreation 
classes and intramural sports at RPI's 
gym in 1967 meant the horse, some 
mats, and a basketball court. (Those 
gymnasts look aerodynamicaUy 
soimd.) For The Way We Are, read 
about the new Siegel Center on 
page 14. 



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"A Richmond Phenomenon" 

VCU President, Dr. Eugene Trani, has 
"seen the future," and it works. Trani 
tool< a diree-month sabbatical last 
spring and summer to investigate 
what observers are calling "the 
Cambridge Phenomenon." He went 
to England to find out what turned 
that quiet college community into 
"the greatest concentration of high- 
tech activity in Europe." There are a 
lot of parallels with Richmond, Trani 
says, and he is eager to import success. 
In fact, he feels the job is half done 
already. 

"Richmond now needs to go to 
the next level if its status as a high- 
technology center is to become a sig- 
nificant part of its regional and 
national reputation," Trani told the 
Richmond Times-Dispatch. 

Trani outlines the steps toward "a 
Richmond phenomenon" in The 
Cambridge Report. He is particularly 
excited about the role of synergy in 
CTeating this kind of center. In talking 
with "these brilliant scientists about 
chemical synthesis and microelec- 
tronic technology and hfe sciences 
and biotechnology, they would say, 
'You don't understand. They're all the 
same technology. They're coming 
together.'" Some major correlations 
with Cambridge and directions he 
sees for Richmond are: 
• The presence of high-tech univer- 
sity and corporate research facili- 
ties, such as die White Oak 
Semiconductor Plant; a $75 
million research building at 
American Home Products; Ethyl 
Corp's downtown research facili- 
ties; industry research at Reynolds 
Metal, DuPont, Philip Morris, 
and Allied Signal; the Virginia 
Biotechnology Park, the School of 
Engineering and the planned new 
Life Sciences Building; 
Land — which Cambridge doesn't 
have — to develop further research 
facilities and large and small-scale 
manufacturing plants, which, 



along with universities, will 
form high-tech corridors along 
inlcrstatcs64and95; 
• A continuing strategy for recruit- 
ing multi-national knowledge- 
based companies; and 
An opportunity for strong leader- 
ship to work with community 
and higher education to develop 
and implement a vision for the 
future. 

Or. Trani is something of a 
Richmond phenomenon himself 
for the central role he has given the 
University in the economic develop- 
ment of Richmond and Virginia. 
Richmond tabloid Style Weekly 
named him 1998 Richmonderofthe 
Year for the "Trani-Vision" that has 
"transformed the face and the future 
ofRichmond." 

21st Century News Center 

The School of Mass Communica- 
tions opened Phase One of its 
21st Century News Center {bebw} on 
November 6. Workshops and instruc- 
tion for professional joumahsts begin 
this year, and VCU plans a master's 
program to start in Fall, 2000. 

While building multi-media skills 
in technologies like computer-assisted 
reporting, audio-video editing and 
website design, the Center's curricu- 
lum will examine the imphcations of 
new technologies, integrating law and 
ethics into aU course work Center 
executive director, loyce Dodd, 
says that "Phase One highlights 
infrared, radiofrequency and CAT 5 
cable technologies." 

The Center is supported by $ 1 .25 
million from Media General Inc. and 
Time Inc., and $250,000 in technolog- 
ical assistance from Ifra, the interna- 
tional association for newspaper and 
media technolog)'. The flmdraising 
goal is $ 1 million for endowed 
professorships, technology and 




Still, a Life in Art 

Theresa PoUak, who founded RPI's Art School in 1928, cekbrated her99«h 
birthday last August, and many alumni, friends and admirers responded to the 
invitation illustrated by her sketch, "Still Life with Telephone." They came to cel- 
ebrate a life of purpose and quality. In her 40 years of teaching PoQak taught 
thousands of students, influencing generations of artists. She respected her 
students and her art enough to demand the best from them. Easy praise was not 
her style — ^which sometimes woke up young talent with a start — but saious 

^-^ 1 artists understood quickly how much they would learn 

^^^^^ from her. (Often they first realized through herthat 

MRIf^^^ they were serious artists.) 

m^Tt^^m In her own art, she is a master observer, usii^ color, 

' ^f shape and fine to represent her subjects with a d)Tiainic 

-3^B balance of tension and harmony. She chose to earn 

'4^^^^^ her li\Tng teaching so that her art would be her own, 
-,^^—^^^^M uncompromised by market trends or celebrity. A stroke 
left her partially parah^zed in March. ".\11 the parts wear 
out," she told Rov Proaer in the Rkhnumd Times- 



Theresa Pollak in 
the 1938 Wigwam. 

Dispatch. "I don't have any spare time. It takes so long just to do the necessities 

now I can't see what I've done on paper." Then she added, "I have to make a 

whole new readjustment" 

In September, Richmond Magazine honored Theresa's legacy with the first 

annual Pollak Prizes for Excellence in the .\rts. 



architectural design and construc- 
tion. William E. .Aheam, \ice presi- 
dent/executive editor of Associated 
Press; I. Stewart Br\'an III, chairman 
and CEO of Media General Inc; 
Richard Stolley, senior editorial 
ad\isor at Time Inc.; and \'CU 
President Eugene P. Trani attended 
the opening. 




Beam Us Out, Scottie . . . 

UCL\"s Richmond campusr It's 
already happening, through distance 
learning classes transmitted bom 
UCL\ to sites in \Trginia. Thanks to a 
5100,000 grant from BeD .\dantic 
\'(X will soon beam our classes to 
sites from .-Vbington (^'.\l to Qatar. 

Our first site wQl be the South- 
west Higher Education Center in 
.\bington, \'.\. receiving RT. FT 
and OT programs fixim the School 
of .\llied Hralth. The School of 
Pharmaci" will target their PhD 
program to several areas in XTrginia. 
The School of the .\rts will use 
the Cabell site to send instruction 
to Qatar. 

The Office for Inibrmation 
Technolog\" [OTT" will use the grant 
mone)' to create t\>T) state-ot-the-ait 
interactive \ideo distance educadoo 
classrooms available to all fecultr 
and staffed by OIT, one on each 
campus, in Cabeffl and Thom{^dns- 
McCaw Libraries. 



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Provost Steps Down 

After 31 years, Dr. Grace Harris 
'60MSW, VCU's highest-ranking 
academic officer and one of its longest- 
serving administrators, will retire as 
provost and vice president for academic 
affairs next June. 

"It is the right time and the right 
thmg to do at this point in my life," 
Harris comments. "And what's great 
about this retirement is that I won't be 
leaving the university entirely. I plan to 
keep my commitment to VCU." She 
will stay on as a professor and continue 
to guide several projects. 

Harris joined VCU in 1967 as an 
assistant professor, then became 
director of student affairs in the School of Social Work. She was dean of the 
school from 1982-90, when she became vice provost for Continuing Stadies and 
Public Service. In 1993 she was named provost and vice president, and has twice 
acted as president in Dr. Trani's absence. 

She has provided leadership in the development of VCU's long-range 
Strategic Plan, the School of Engineering, the Adcenter and the 21st Century 
News Center in the School of Mass Communications, and several interdiscipli- 
nary Centers of Excellence. She has been instrumental in forging VCU's interna- 
tional agenda. She counts service on a number of community boards and 
projects among her accomplishments. 

"Dr. Harris has been a very important member of the VCU team and the 
Richmond community for many years," said VCU's president, Dr. Eugene 
Trani. "Her talent is immeasurable." 

In January, Harris received the University's Presidential Award for 
Community Multicultural Enrichment for increasing diversity and understand- 
ing at VCU and in its neighbor communities. 

A national search for a new provost is under way, headed by Dr. Robert 
Holsworth, director of the Center for Public Policy and Dr. Hermes Kontos, vice 
president for health sciences and dean of the School of Medicine. Representing 
alumni on the committee are Marsha Shuler '74BS '79MA/B and Lou Oliver 
Brooks '77BFA'82BS/AH. 




Art Machines 

Junior mechanical engineering major 
Chris Groome quickly learned that a 
dose of creativity goes in perfect 
tandem with technical drawings and 
design specifications. 

An exhibition December 7 in the 
lobby of the Engineering Building 
featured collaborations by arts-and- 
engineering student teams. 

Undergraduate sculptors con- 
tributed kinetic designs, and juniors 
in engineering figured out the 
mechanics of movement. Together 
the students gave birth to some 
moving art and intriguing machines. 
The show was sparked by a similar 
approach at MIT, whose artist-in-res- 
idence, sculptor-engineer Arthur 
Ganson, visited VCU in November. 

"This project created more 
opportimities for me," said Allison 
Andrews, a sculpture senior who 
exhibited several kinetic works. She 
worked with mechanical engineer 
Jason Pheiffer and jimior Barbara 
Kruse to build "Sisyphus," a moving 
sculpture designed to unplug itself. 
Kruse, with a double major in 
mechanical engineering and sculp- 




Teacher, Scholar and Activist 

The School of Social Work lost a dear friend and colleague 
when Dr. David Saunders died July 25, 1998, after a long batde 
with cancer, at 56. Known as a strong advocate for social justice 
for the poor, David was a committed teacher, scholar and 
activist who was not only an educator, but a trusted and 
respected member of the community. 

A 1963 graduate of Dartmouth College, David earned his 
MSW from the University of Michigan in 1965, and received 
his Ph.D. in Social Work and Social Research from Bryan Mawr 
College in 1975. He came to VCU as an assistant professor in 
the School of Social Work, and was associate professor from 
1978 until his death. 

David served on the Governor's Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Problems from 1987-90, and he was the 
executive director of the Metro Richmond Coalition Against Drugs from 1991-94. 

Even while battling cancer, David continued his advocacy for the poor. In December, 1997, he joined Dr. David Stoesz 
to speak to the Virginia legislature on the results of a shidy of ways to help families gain permanent independence from 
welfare. Last April, he and Dr. Stoesz worked with the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond to present A Symposium on the 
Delivery of Financial Services in a Post- Welfare-Reform Society, a forum attended by 400 bankers and professionals to 
discuss access to financial services for residents of low- income commimities. 

We all miss David. The halls of the Raleigh Building echo the silence created by the loss of a truly loving and giving 
companion, fiiend and fellow. 

— Dr. Frank Baskind, Dean of the School of Social Work 

The School has established the David N. Saunders Legislative Internship Fund to recognize Dr. Saunders' 
commitment to social work education and its interaction with government. Donations can be designated for 
the fund and made payable to the School; send to Dean's Offtce.VCU School of Social Work, P. O. Box 
842027, Richmond, VA 232S4-2027. Or call Jeff Franklin at (804) 828-0410. 



ture, is the first recipient of the EDC 
Corp. scholarship in Engineering and 
Arts, established by EDC President 
Tom Eilerson because "the best engi- 
neers are those who are creative, those 
who marry science and art." 

Sculpture Chair Joe Seipel sees a 
growing use of mechanics in the arts, 
like motion sensors that activate 
artworks. "Artists are somewhat in 
awe of what is happening with tech- 
nology and what it can do for them," 
he commented. "There's more 
common ground than anyone had 
ever imagined." 

Legislative Priorities 1999 

Virginia has a $900 million surplus in 
the state budget this year. VCU's 
requests to the Virginia General 
Assembly this year focus on: 

Enrollment Growth. Governor 
James Gilmore's proposed budget 
included $1.1 million for enrollment 
growth. VCU is requesting $7.5 
milMon, to be used for more faculty, 
academic programs and student 
support in life sciences, general educa- 
tion, arts, engineering, and in all 
Schools on the MCV Campus. 

Capital Budget. General fund 
support of $7.7 million for mainte- 
nance reserve projects and $4.6 
million for life/fire safety improve- 
ments — giving VCU full funding for 
SCHEV-recommended projects. 
VCU also asks for $1.1 rnillion in 
planning funds for capital construc- 
tion projects. 

MCV Campus and MCV 
Hospitals. VCU is asking $13 milHon 
to support undergraduate medical 
education. Because of lower insiu-ance 
reimbursements, universities can no 
long rely on clinical revenue to subsi- 
dize medical education. VCU's MCV 
Hospitals is also asking for $10 
million more from the state to help 
cover uncompensated indigent care. 

Winchester Family Practice. 
VCU asks for an additional $278,000 
for training family physicians in rural 
Virginia. 

Virginia Biotechnology Research 
Park. The park is requesting $10 
million in general funds to buy land 
included in its master site plan. When 
completed, the park will include 1.5 
million square feet of space, $.5 bilMon 
in investment, and about 3,000 high- 
paying jobs. 

Serving the Unbanked 

Unemployment is at 4 percent. 
Prosperity is not just around the 
comer, but in the backyard. An SUV 
in every garage. Global business takes 
off. But what about those left behind 
in a post-welfare-reform era? What 
about low- income citizens who don't 
have the same access to capital — for 
buying a house, for starting a 
business, for educating their children? 
More than 400 professionals came 
to VCU in April when the Federal 
Reserve Bank of Richmond joined 



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forces with the School of Social Work 
for a symposium on delivering finan- 
cial services to residents of low- 
income areas. Speakers focused on 
expanding electronic banking services 
and building assets in low-income 
neighborhoods. One source of finan- 
cial services is community develop- 
ment credit unions like Chicago's 
South Shore Bank and the Marshall 
Heights Community Development 
Corporation in D.C. An important 
development in late 1998 is the federal 
Assets for Independence Act which 
sets aside $125 milhon for a five-year 
trial of Individual Development 
Accounts (IDAs). The Virginia legis- 
lature has designated $500,000 to try 
out IDAs (VIDAs) in five sites. 

We Are the World 

How do we develop global leaders for 
the next century? More than 250 
scholars fi'om 30 states and 15 
European Union coimtries met at 
VCU to exchange ideas when the 
School of Business hosted the 1998 
U.S. -European Union loint Consortia 
Conference November 5-8 (photo 
bebw). VCU won an $81,500 grant 
fi'om International Partnerships in 
Interactive Research and Learning 
(IPRL) to fund the meeting. 

Faculty in fields as diverse as engi- 
neering, health care, architecture, 
aerospace, law, environmental 
science, journalism and semiconduc- 
tor manufacturing discussed what 
skills their students need. The consen- 
sus was that future leaders should be 
multicultural and multilingual; they 
must be able to use and understand 
technology, and they must be inter- 
disciplinary. They must be able to 
build relationships. 




A program highlight was a 
demonstration of the virtual interna- 
tional classroom in the School of 
Business — which takes distance 
learning into new dimensions. 
Conference organizer. Dr. Van 
Wood, Philip Morris Chair in 
International Business, holds joint 
classes with students in VCU's IPRL 
consortium — students in Oregon, 
Montana, both Irelands and France. 
Students and teachers can watch and 
converse through TV monitors; a 
computer link lets them view any 
website or use any software program; 
a VCR hookup brings in videos; and a 
camera can focus in on notes or an 
object — often a product. 

V^ood's classes learn to use the 
equipment, donated by Bell Atlantic 
which is commonly used in global 
corporations — and they learn what to 
use it for. Student teams introduce 
European and U.S. products to each 
other and research markets for their 
products in Europe and the U.S. 

Cultural differences emerge in a 
business simulation game, Wood 
observes. "French students are con- 
servative about investment. Polish 
students are reluctant to spend any 
money. The U.S. students spend all 
their money right away, lose it, and 
then want to take out a loan." 

Spanish visitor Pablo Amor, from 
the European Commission, com- 
mented, 'T give grants for this kind of 
equipment all the time, and this is the 
first time I've ever seen an)'thing that 
makes it worthwhile." Wood 
comments, "They realized the U.S. is 
more than just New York and LA." 

Coming up, the School of Business 
mil host the International Business 
Forum, where experts front Europe, 
Asia and the U.S. mil speak on Ghbal 
Innovative Technologies, from biotech 
to telecommunications. It's free and 
open to the public at the Student 
Commons on March 23, 3:30-5:30 pm. 



Engineering a School 

VCU's new VfJ million School of Engineering hai been called "a maria^of 
academics and industry." It's a marriage that hat had iirong Hipport from a 
diverse group of industry, university and ^eminent relative*. You could fay 
the whole family w<ls there to celebrate the dedication of the fint bu3ding on 
November 1 3. In the courtyard, at left, are William Goodwin, pretidcm of the 
Engineering Foundation; former fkjvemor George Alien; VCL' Pretideni 
Eugene Irani; lay Weinberg, rector of VCLTs Board of Visitori; VS. Senator 
Charles Robb; and Dr. Henry McGte, founding dean of the School of 
Engineering. A dinner the night before honored those whose thoi^ht and 
generosity contributed to the School. A highlight was the unveiling of Lofyn 
Brazier's '62BA/A portrait in "old mailer" style of the founding Board of the 
Engineering Foundation 

The dazzling stone and glass building at Belvidere and Main Streets is 
designed to foster creative solutions. "In this school, there are no departments 
and there are no walls blocking the free flow of creativity," said President Trani. 
The building and the School are a catalyst for the fusion of ideas not only from 
different engineering disciplines, but incorporating communications, business, 
and even art. Faculty, students and industry mentors were kamii^ and working 
in the state-of-the-art facilities by last summer, and the third dass of engineering 
freshmen started classes there last fall. 

"Our commitment both to our partners vA\o invested in this project and to 
the students who enroll here is to create a school that b grounded in real-world 
experience to prepare engineers for careers — not just jobs," President Irani con- 
tinued. Dean McGee pointed out that the partnership of industry — like Philip 
Morris, Virginia Power and Motorola — with education gK'es the School the 
resources to "push for new boundaries and blend discipline in an environment 
that brings engineering to life for our students." 

Good\vin added that the School's higli quality teaching will be compfement- 
ed by its research into "the modernization of manufacnuing processes and to 
building the science at the intersection of engineering and medicine." Business 
and industry leaders on the Engineering Foundation were partners not only in 
raising ftjnds for the school, but in establishing a aossdisciplinary curriculum 
that teaches students to think outside their highly fiinctional and gorgeous box. 

The press and other \isitors had a look at the Virginia Miaodectronics 
Center, featuring 7,500 square feet of "clean room" space for research and 
learning with semiconductors. The Center is supported by an S 11 million incen- 
tive package developed by AUen and approved by the 19% General .■Assembly to 
attract Motorola Inc. to build manufacttiring facilities in X'irginia. .Mien has 
dubbed Virginia "the Silicon Dominion." 

Senator Robb congratulated \'CU and Foundation leaders for 'establishing 
yourself right at the outset as one of the finest engineering programs in the 
country." (For more, see page 15. ) 

A Running Start 

Dr. Heray- McGee Ir., founding 
dean of VCU's School of 
Engineering, will step down at the 
end of the spring semester. When 
McGee came from \'irginia Tech 
to develop the School in Februan' 
1994, he wanted "to balance the 
traditional mathematical and 
anal\tical approach to engineering 
education with a stronger orienta- 
tion toward synthesis, aeati\it\- and 
imagination." 

McGee is pleased TOth the progress tow^ard those goals, and he :;;- ,"_. i.e 
School's support "from diverse partners, particulaih^ in the industrial sector, is a 
critical ingredient in achie\Tng our vision." 

"Henn' has been a guiding force in turning this school from dream to 
realit)'," sav's \'CV President Eugene Irani. "Under his leadership, we t«niited 
our first engineering undergraduates eager to stud\- in irmo%^ti\Te curricula that 
are drawing attention nationwide." This fall, the School of Engjneaing 
welcomed its third undergraduate class and dedicated its first hiulding. 

N IcGee will continue to promote the Engineering School with the extennl 
communit)' and help with fundraiidng. .A utmersit)' committee will conduct a 
national search for the School's second dean. 



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Upcoming Honors Lecture: "Tales 
of a Shaman's Apprentice," world 

famous ethnobotanist IVIark Plotlcin 

in IMAX film and in person at the 
Science Museum, April 8, 7 pm. 



"The phrase 'arts communit/ is an oxymoron. 
Disorganized by its very nature (the creation 
of art is often a solitary activity), the art world 
was also incredibly divided in its opinions on 
what should happen to the Endowment. The 
most radical artists thought that the NEA's 
demise would be a good thing, perhaps on 
the theory that it would spring reborn, in 
a purer form, fi'om the ashes. That . 

theory, as one staffer put it, is from 
dream city.". 

John Frohnmaver, Head of National Endowment for the Arts 
under President Bush and author of Ouf of Tune: Listening to 
the First Amendment, 1992 National First Amendment Award 
from People for the American Way "Ethics, Politics and Arts: 
Aliens to Each Other," Honors Assembly, Grace Street Theater, 
February 15. 





In Keith Glover's 
Thunder Knoclcing on 
the Door, Jaguar Dupree 
(Jerold Solomon) sells 
his soul to conjure man 
Marvel Thunder (Frank 
Faucette) so he can play 
the blues; sponsored by Bell 
Atlantic at the Performing Arts 
Center in February. Catch Fool ' 
for Love by Sam Shepard, 
March 18-21; and Hotel Paradiso 
by Georges Feydeau April 8-17. 
For details, 0311828-6026. 



Winter gone, VCU dancers' 
coiled springs unwind and 
bounce in April. Guest artist 
Mark Halm's Goldberg 
Variations April 3, 8pm. 
Spring Senior Dance Project 
Concert April 14-17, 8 pm. 
Erin Gerkin and Cherami 
Conley {above) are among 
Dance Department students 
and faculty performing in 
the Spring Dance Informal 
April 25, 7 pm. All at Grace 
Street Theater, Grace and 
Harrison Streets, 828-2020. 



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"Warning! To be an 
outstanding scientist 
you must be enormoifsly 
skeptical most of all and 
test your own assump- 
tions. There is no greater 
danger than assuming 
that you're right." 

Baruj Benacerraf '45MD, 

1980 Nobel Laureate for dis- 
coveries of immune 
response genes and how 
they combat cancer and 
other diseases, speaking to 
students in the School of . 
Medicine in July, 1998. 





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Gina Ferrari '92MFA finishes 
installing "Gagged," featured in 
Shared Roots, work by alumni 
sculptors at the Anderson Gallery 
Jan 15-Feb 28. Upcoming student 
exhibitions are March 19-28, April 
9-18, April 23-May 2, May 7-16; 
Affinities with Architecture June 
4-July 25; Gregory Barsamian 
August 1 5-November 1 . 



"We feel society is in the intensive care unit. We're 
trying to change the world from a society of lust for 
money and power to lust for service and generosity." 
(AP) 

Patch Adams '71MD, physician and clown, above in 
Red Square, made a "house call to medical students" 
on the MCy Campus- Feb 1 1 . His years at VCU's 
School of Medicine were presented in Patch Adams, 
with Robin Williams {above, right) as Patch. For what 
happened next, contact GesundheitI Institute (877) 
SILLYDR; www.patchadams.org/ 

PHOTO FROr/l P/(reH/»D/>MSBYMELINDASU6.G0RD0N. 
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Sports Roundup 

With III) seniors and (inly three 
players from kst year's team playing 
for the Kam's Men's Basketball, many 
predicted that new head coach Mack 
McCarthy's first year as head coach 
would be lough. And with delays in 
the Siegel Center opening, they never 
had a home court advantage. But the 
young players were quick studies. 
Newcomers Bo )ones and Shawn 
Hampton, along with veterans Lamar 
Taylor and Scott Lilly made a strong 
foundation to begin building the 
team, which finished 8-8. 

Under Coach David Glass, 
Women's Basketball stood at 9-13 
overall. Senior center Mona Karlsson 
is one of the best players in VCU 
history, while ft-eshman guard 
Rochelle Luckett is one of the top 
new players in the CAA. 

Spring looks good, with Golf and 
Men's Tennis poised to defend con- 
ference championships from last 
season. Junior Daniel Anderson 
advanced to the national semifinals in 
tennis last year, and the team wdE be 
shooting for its sixlh straight appear- 
ance in the NCAA regional semifinals. 
Women's Tennis had more wins (20) 
last year than any other team in 
school history, and sophomore 
Martina Nedelkova became the first 
VCU woman to play in the NCAA 
Singles Championship (but sidelined 
all season by a pulled achilles tendon). 

In golf, senior Donny Lee, last 
year's CAA Player of the Year, hopes 
to lead the team to its fourth consecu- 
tive conference title. 

VCU Baseball is the favorite to 
finish at the top of the CAA. They 
won a record 46 games last year and 
are led this year by Jason Dubois, 
named MVP of a developmental 
league last summer. In VCU Track, 
distance runners Jesus Ortega and 
Maria-Elena CaEe, both aU- 
Americans, lead a deep group of 
runners and throwers who broke 
several school records last season. 

Carver's Kids 

In 1996, VCU began a partnership to 
share our resources with our neigh- 
bors in Can'er community. A new 
development in the relationship 
means better health care for Can'er 
Elementary School students. The 
Promoting Health Project also gives 
VCU students experience providing 
community-based care. 

Supported by a three-year, 
$199,291 grant trom the lessie Ball 
duPont Fimd, VCU's Schools of 
Nursing, Dentistry and Social Work, 
with the Department of Psychology, 



have done health scrccning.s for 185 
students and dental screenings for 
.350. Kids who need glasses, speech 
therapy, fillings or other kind.s of 
special help are getting it. Social work 
students are working with families of 
at-risk children and offering parent- 
ing cksses. (iraduatc students in 
psychology are mentoring students, 
providing testing for them, and 
coun.seling parents. 

Magna Cum Discipuli 

Total enrollment this year is 23,125 — 
the largest student body in VCU 
history. More than 2,206 fi-eshmen 
enrolled at VCU this fall— out of 
5,81 1 applications, up 22 percent 
since 1996. Fifty-nine percent of the 
Class of 2002 are women, 94 percent 
are Virginia residents and 37 percent 
are members of minority groups. The 
average SAT score for this class is 
1026 and the average high school 
GPA is 3.0 1 . "We're getting better 
freshmen than ever before," President 
Eugene Trani emphasized. 

Also growing is VCU's Honor 
Program, at an all-time high of 1 ,350 
students. New freshmen in the 
program have an average SAT score 
of 1345. Honors students are eligible 
to take special intensive courses 
outside their usual subject areas — 
The Pursuit of Happiness or Film 
and History: the Afro-Brazilian 
Experience. Program director John 
Berglund, points out that "about half 
of our students earn their way in" 
with a 3.5 grade point average after 
they arrive. So the program motivates 
students. "It gives them a goal to 
work toward." 

There Are No "Accidents" 

Dr. Rao Ivatur)' has 
joined VCU's 
MCV Hospitals as 
director of its Level 
I Trauma Center. 
^1^ The author of 

^r ' more than 130 
— M J journal articles and 
a trauma textbook, Ivatur)' arrived at 
MCXTT last spring from New York 
Medical College and the Lincoh 
Medical & Mental Health Center in 
the Bronx, where he directed their 
Level I Trauma Center. He will 
emphasize preventing injury and 
reducing length of stay. 

"Trauma shouldn't be described 
as an accident," says Ivatun- "it's an 
incident that could ha\'e been pre- 
vented. Looking at ways to prevent 
youth violence, motor vehicle acci- 
dents and bums, MCVTi can make a 
diflerence in our community" 





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Honoring Our Own 

At convocation in Scptc-mber, \CXi tecoffivced (our 
faculty members for thdr exceptional contribution* to 
the University, their professions and oimmunity. 

Dr. Peter Byron, profc-ssor of pharmacy and pharma- 
neutics and Distinguished Scholar, is one of the world's 
top pharmaceutical aerosfjl scientists, '.vho brought about 
an international mnsensus on aerow;l testing and regula- 
tions for inhalant drugs. 

Dr. Robert Lamb, v^nner of the C>i5tingui$hed 
Service Award and a specialist in biomechanics, is profes- 
sor and chair of the Department of Physical Therapy, 
rated 16th best graduate program by U.S. News and 
World Report magazine. 

Dr. Joseph Omato, who received the Award of 
Excellence, is chair of emergency medicine and director of 
the Richmond Ambulance Authority. He is a pioneer in 
developing pre-hospital emergency cardiac care and one 
of only two physicians in the U.S. who is board-certified 
in the three specialties of emergency medicine, cardiology 
and internal medicine. 

Distinguished Teacher, Dr. Randolph Barker, was 
the School of Business's Distinguished Teacher for 1992; 
he focuses on organizational assessment and business 
communication. 

Teaching Fellows 

VCU's Board of Visitors named Dr. Daisy Reed, professor 
of teacher education, and Dr. Samy El- Shall, professor of 
chemistry, the university's Teaching Fellows for 1999. 
This fellowship program recognizes the dis'ersity of 
teachers' roles and experiences at VCU. Fellows des'elop 
and execute activities that enhance teaching in their 
department or school or aaoss the university. 

At the end of this year, the two will join a new 
Council of Teaching Fellows, which suggests ways VCU 
administrators can support better teaching at VCU. 

Dr. Randc^ Barter 
Hunt for Dean 

The hunt for a new dean of the School of Dentistn- is over, and on September 1 , 
Dean Himt succeeded Dean HimL Dr. Lindsay Hunt is retiring after 1 3 years as 
dean. Dr. Ronald Himt comes to the MC\' Campus from the Unhersits- of 
North Carolina at Chapel HiU, where he was asstxaate dean for Academic Affairs 
in the School of Dentistn-. 

Hunt's research in dental and public health is supported federalh- and com- 
mercially and generated more than 40 scientific papers. .K board-certified public 
health dentist, he holds joint appointments as die Harn." Lyons Professor in the 
School of Dentistrv- and a professor of preventis'e medicine and public heahfa in 
the School of Medicine. 

Hunt plans "to strengthen the School's research focus, which will be 
enhanced with the building of the Institute for Oral and Craniofedal Molecular 
Biolog)'. 1 also want to inaease diversitv- and bolster graduate scholarships." 

Dean Tuckman to New Jersey 

Dr. Howard Tuckman, dean of the School of Business, left VCU to take the 
helm of Rutgers Universitv's Business School in Januars-. Dean since 1993, 
Tuckman has hired 14 new focultv" members; created a student team-buildii^ 
center, upgraded technologv and made other renosations in the Business 
Building; and cultivated the schools business council, "a who's who of 
Richmond business leaders" who are "deepk invoh^ with the Schod." 

Into the Heart of Space 

Dr. David Simpson, in the Department of Anatomy, sometimes takes die shutde 
to work. He recently sent his fourth experiment up on the Space Shuttk 
Discover.-. His latest experiment Ls designed to grow a heart "'patch" diat uM- 
matelv could be used to treat patients vsith damaged hearts or congenital heart 
defects. The work on the shuttle is an extension of more conventional studies 
conducted in Dr. Simpson's laboraton.', vAeie he is investigating how cardiac 
grovsth is regulated bv the mechanical activitv' of the heart. 




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Life is Fun . . . 

This dashing little city book features the poetry 
of children from Gilpin housing community, 
' • illustrated by the volunteer Richmond artists 
of ART 180, many of them VCU alumni. It's 
a great emblem of the city of Richmond — or the 
liveliness and richness of any city. You can find it at 
Richmond bookstores and Starbucks Coffee in Richmond. The art, 
the time, the printing and paper were donated. Sales benefit nonprofit ART 
180, for shared art projects with children in disadvantaged situations. 

Virginia Gets IT 

Dr. Trani's high-tech aspirations received another boost with his recent appoint- 
ment to Governor lames Gilmore's Blue Ribbon Commission on Information 
Technology. The 34-person commission includes America Online Chair and 
CEO Steve Case and MCI-WorldCom Vice Chair lohn Sidgmore as well as 
Virginia cabinet secretaries and legislators. The commission will study and make 
recommendations on Internet policy, information technology as an economic 
development tool, workforce traming, and bringing IT to all parts of the state. 

Worth the Risit 

Dr. Robert Fisher 
{far right) led the 
teamatVCU'sMCV 
Hospitals that 
opened a door to 
new transplant pos- 
sibilities. The surgery 
in July successfully 
transplanted healthy 
liver tissue from a 
wife to her husband. 
MCV officials 

believe that this is the first time part of a liver has been transplanted from an 
adult into an imrelated adult. 

Bruce and Christina Wenger faced the possibility of leaving their 
14-montii-old son parentiess, which doctors say made a tough decision even 
more difficult. But Christina— a Marine Corps Reservist— decided to go ahead 
with die donation of 60 percent of her Hver to her husband, who suffered from 
a disease of the bUe ducts. 

Unlike other organs, the hver regenerates itself. But until now, transplants 
involved much smaller pieces of the organ, often transplanted into children, or 
posthumous donations. New surgical techniques made it possible to transplant 
the large section of the organ Wegner needed. Witii successful partial trans- 
plants, Fisher hopes, many more adult Americans can and will be donors, saving 
many lives. Partial liver donations could become as common as donating blood. 
Now, he says, "adults are dying on tiie waiting list." 

The 13 1/2-hour operation drew widespread media attention, including 
coverage on CNN's "The World Today" and ABC's "Good Morning America." 

"Mummy" Winner! 

The 1998 "mummy" award (replica of Egyptian Building fencepost) for a 
mystery novel feamring MCV goes to ,'Vrm McMillan. Dead March, set in Civil 
War Richmond, juggles "resurrection men" who dig up newly buried bodies for 
medical students' cadavers; Southern manners and mores; realities of life for 
slaves and free blacks; contemporary medical controversy; and the battle of First 
Manassas. 

McMillan, who once wrote for the university development office, has 
already written a sequel. "It's early in die war, and 1 plan to move slowly," she 
laughs. "I'm hoping for a long series. 

New Location for the Great Outdoors 

The VCU Outdoor Adventure Program has moved to the Gary Street Annex, an 
historic warehouse in Green AUey behind the Gary Street Gym. The Outing 
Center will have space for more of its programs in the larger, renovated building. 
Its sideyard will be landscaped for a high ropes course and other programs. 
Longterm plans include an indoor cUrnbing wall and an indoor ropes course. 

For outings and events for Spring and Summer '99, call die Center at (804) 
828-6004. 



SHAFER COURT CONNECTIONS 



IVIind-Body Connection 

More tiian 150 scientists, clinicians 
and teachers from Hungary to Japan 
gathered in Richmond in June to 
share the latest research on the rela- 
tionship between the brain and the 
body and how diis interaction affects 
behavior. The Seventh International 
Behavioral Neuroscience Society 
Conference "examined the questions 
of how we use our brain to control 
the rest of our body and what role 
genetics plays in that process," said 
Dr. John Rosecrans, local conference 
organizer and professor of pharma- 
cology and toxicology, and rehabilita- 
tion counseling. 

Your Name Here 

Last May, the School of Business 
unveiled its graduate Direct 
Marketing Certificate, offered 
tiirough VCU's Interactive Marketing 
Institute. The weekend program 
combines elements of a traditional 
MBA with direct marketing tools and 
techniques that professionals need as 
this strategy expands. Faculty are all 
nationally known practitioners and 
researchers in this field. 

"We're moving away from broad- 
cast messages to one-on-one market- 
ing," says director Dr. Pamela Kicker, 
also chair of marketing and business 
law. New technology, she adds, allows 
businesses to target and segment their 
markets, and track the effectiveness of 
their communications. The program 
is structured like the School's success- 
ful Fast Track MBA, in class modules 
that run from 8:30 am Friday- 12:30 
pm Sunday. Contact (804) 225-4735; 
or www.IMI.bus.vcu.edu. 

Na zdrovie! 

Dr. LeEtta Pratt, associate professor of 
education and director of the United 
Nations' International Health 
Commission, helped develop Russia's 
first healtii education curriculum last 
spring. The National School 
Development Project for Russia 
targets students ages 7-15 and was 
written by the Russian Ministry of 
Education and UNESCO. 

And not a moment too soon Pratt 
was "shocked to see how littie infor- 
mation the Russians had on health- 
related issues." Russian health statis- 
tics showed a decrease in Russian life 
span since 1990; mortality tirree times 
higher tiian in tiie U.S.; and mortality 
from preventable deaths double that 
in die U.S., Canada, Japan, Germany 
and Great Britain. 

Pratt pinpointed mental health, 
alcohol and tobacco use, and com- 
municable diseases as the worst 
problems. The curriculum also 
emphasizes basic nutrition, safety, 
environmental health and family life. 

"It was a difficult experience," 
Pratt says, "but also very rewarding 



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to offer some hope in the lives of 
Russian children." The program 
will eventually extend to 70 schools 
and 19 regions. 

Barbara Ford to Windy City 

Barbara Ford, executive 
director of the VCU 
Libraries and immediate 
past president of the 
American Library 
Association, became 
assistant commissioner 
for central library 
services at the Chicago 
Public Library on December 1. 

Ford had been director of VCU's 
libraries from 1991-98. She is dirert- 
ing reference staff and operations of 
the Chicago Public Library's central 
library, the Harold Washington 
Library Center, the largest public 
library building in the world, holding 
more dian rune million items. 

VCU president Dr. Eugene Trani 
comments that "Barbara's vision 
transformed the university's informa- 
tion technology centers." Provost Dr. 
Grace Harris adds, "Barbara has been 
a strong advocate for information 
literacy, the fiiture of academic 
libraries and international coopera- 
tion among libraries. She will be 
sorely missed." 

Phyllis Self, assistant director of 
Hbrary services for the MCV Campus, 
is the acting executive director for 
VCU's Kbraries. 

Catalyst 

More than 400 pharmaceutical pro- 
fessionals, educators and researchers 
from countries as far away as Kuwait, 
France, Israel, Japan, Norway, Poland 
and South Korea came to Richmond 
in June to discuss their research at the 
26di Biennial National Medicinal 
Chemistry Symposiiun. 

New biological disease targets for 
fighting cancer as well as research 
techniques used to discover drug 
moleciiles were among the highlights 
of tile four-day symposium, cospon- 
sored by VCU's Department of 
Medicinal Chemistry and the 
Division of Medicinal Chemistry of 
the American Chemical Society. 

Molecular Smiles 

A $4 miUion campaign is complete 
to establish an Institute for Oral and 
Craniofacial Molecular Biology in the 
School of Dentistry, and construction 
begins tiiis spring. 

Institate director. Dr. Frank 
Macrina, will be working with "col- 
leagues from the Massey Cancer 
Center, the School of Medicine and 
even private companies in the 
Virginia Biotechnology Research Park 
to attack serious research problems, 
such as oral cancer and cancers of the 
head and neck." The six-month con- 
struction project begins this spring. 







" Wc owe so much lo liill and Alice Goodwin," says Fcter Wyeth, 
V(JU's vice president for advancement. "They get things done, and thc7 
thini<big. 

"As founding president of the Engineering Foundation, Bill's vision, 

generosity and business acumen have been inslrumental to our success," 
Wyeth continues, Goodwin is chair of CGA Industries, Inc., a holding 
company which oversees businesses such as AMF Reece, the lefferson 
Hotel and Kiawah Island Resort in Charleston, South Carolina; in 19% 
he sold AMF Bowling at a high profit — which he shared with employees 
in substantial bonuses. 

From the first, Goodvidn has taken a vital role in the new School of 
l-,ngincering. He recruited other business leaders for the Foundation 
Board, and the Goodwins gave the leadership gift to begin fundraising for 
the School. Goodwin's passion for what he believes in is infectious, which 
has a lot lo do with engineering campaign dollars reaching S35.6 million 
by February, 1999. 

Goodwin's interest in the field goes back to college, where he majored 
in mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech before earning his MBA at the 
Darden School at the University of Virginia. And he used his engineering 
background in the '80s when he bought up divisions of AMF, which was 

literally in pieces and losing money. Intensive research and development enabled him to turn around the floundering 

bakery and sewdng equipment divisions in two years. For the new School of Engineering, Goodwin has worked with the 

rest of the board and Dean Henry McGee to design a School and a curriculum that crosses disciplines and gives students 

real-world e.xperience and contacts. 

Fortunately for VCU, Bill Goodwin and his wife, Alice (ToUey) Goodwin '66BS(CLS)/AH, are a partnership in the 

fiillest sense. "Both Goodwins have an unwavering commitment to quality," Wyeth says. Engineering students and faculty 

can thank Mrs. Goodwin's excellent design sense for the comfort and elegance of the study, lounge and reception spaces in 

the new building. 

Goodwin has built a successfitl business -p j-. 

empire, serving on several corporate boards ,' /^^ t, t-, i , , • t :U 

as well as chairing CCA. He and Alice have 

a warm, robust family life with their five 

children and a new grandson who arrived 

on Christmas Day. Bill is active with 

numerous community boards. He serves on 

the University of Virginia's Board of 

Visitors, and he was a board member and 

vice chair of the Virginia Economic 

Development Partnership. Alice just quietly 

"gets things done." 

The Goodwins' support of education in 

the community goes beyond considerable 

gifts and service to their own akna maters, 

to other Virginia universities and the 

Collegiate Schools. At VCU, Bill ser\'ed on 

the MCV Foundation for 1 1 years — from 

1993-96 as president — and on the corpo- 
rate Board of Directors of the Virginia 

Biotechnology Research Park. 

Goodwin's comments at the dedication 

of the first Engineering Building are typical 

of his energy and push. Any inertia in him is 

all continuing momenttmi. He reminded 

celebrants that "The completion of this 

start-up phase only calls us to greater action 

if we are going to realize our dreams of 

making the commonwealth a leader in 

science and technology." 

Alice adds, "Education is so important. 

As alumni, we know how much VCU has 

meant in our lives. But even more than that, 

a great university enriches the whole com- 
munity. VCU needs our support, so it can 

support us, in Richmond and in Virginia." 



VCL"* "Partners for Progrew' rjtlrai 
off their campaign in Oct/;b<:T, '.'^,. 
Although VCU hai reached 123 
percent of the goal for the campaign, 
raising more than $1 33^ million in 
gifu and ple(%es by February, includ- 
ing $33^ million for the School of 
Engineering, there are ttiD needs to be 
met before we wind up in fall 1999. 

A major focus now is scholar- 
ships, assistance that goes directly to 
students like Anya Baranova in our 
profile below. Dr. John Berglund, 
Honors Program director, points to 
his list of students requestii^ financial 
help. "Everyone of them deservei 
aid," he says, "and that's where 
alumni come in." Students do need 
your help. Join 1 3,000 fellow alumni 
who annually support excellence and 
access at VCU. You may make a 
check payable to the VCU 
Foundation or to die annual fiind of a 
particular school, and designated for a 
particular purpose, if you like. Send to 
P.O. Box 84304i Richmond, VA 
23284-3042; or call (804) 828-2040. 



Five years ago, the United States and Russia made a valuable exchange. No 
commodities were involved, but the U.S. received a personality worth 
millions in Anya Baranova, now a VCU senior. 

Six years ago, she says, "This was my dream." Living in Urals, Russia, 
where communism controlled education, Anya prayed for the chance to 
study her own interests. She took the "big test" for English-speaking 
Russian students to go and study in America. "Ever)'one wanted to come to 
America. It was very competitive." 

She received a scholarship through U.S.-sponsored Youth for 
Understanding, came to the U.S. and went to American high school at 
Douglas Freeman in Richmond. "I really enjoyed being with so many dif- 
ferent people." Her host parents, Martin and Martha Ryie, insisted that she 
apply to VCU for college, and Anya — ^by now used to shooting for the 
stars — applied to the Honors Program. That summer she went home to 
Urals, where her acceptance letter was waiting for her. 

At VCU, she was excited by the open education styie, so different from 
Russia "Here you can take anything, it's amazing." She did, taking print- 
making, dance and psychology her first semester. She is majoring in psych, 
wth a minor in pre-physical therapy and spends some of her time doing 
research in the neuropsychology lab on the MC\' Campus. 

After her first semester, she was offered a dean's scholarship and the pri\ilege of taking honors courses. >.~.e \*-3S 
given two more academic grants last semester. "I am honored, the money has helped greatly. Still, to make ends 
meet, she works security at the Honors Oflices in Valentine House at night — "the best iob in the world because it's so 
quiet 

Anya speaks highly of the Honors Program, which "allowed me to meet students horn different ethnic back- 
groimds and majors." She likes the qualib- of the multidisciplinan' honors modules in unusual topics — like Medical 
Anthropolog)' of the Andes. "They take care of us. We attend informati\-e small lectures and hare hmcfa te^etber twT) 
or three days a week," she e.xplains. 

After graduating in May, Anx-a starts \'CU's graduate program in physical therapy. And she would like to go back 
to Russia to \isit her family. For now, "1 am li\ing my dream," she says happily. 



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"Creatives" in art 
design and copywriting 
are on the same team 
with strategic mar- 
keters. For Kristin 
Erwin, Chris Sheldon, 
Meredith Davis and 
Rebecca Muether, 
campaign ideas grow 
out of product identity 
and targeted audience. 





Of 47 students in the 
first graduating class, 
70 percent are now 
working in top agencies 
around the country — 
with clients lil<e Nil<e, 
Izuzu, Max Factor, 
Disney, Nintendo, Miller 
Lite, United Airlines, 
ESPN, Got Milk? and 
Taco Bell. 




Adcenter Director 
Diane Cook-Tench 
created a program 
with a strategy — for 
making ''smart ads. " 



"WE'RE NOT 

OUT TO 

SAVE THE 

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y Vnen people hear you're in advertising they say, 'Oh my, that 
must be fascinating,'" said Diane Cook-Tench (left). "Maybe 
they think its fascinating, but not very ethical." As director of 
Virginia Commonwealth University's Adcenter, Cook-Tench is 
behind a dynamic approach to advertising education that 
regards ads as more than clever come-ons. 

The school, Cook-Tench said, tries "to recreate as much as 
possible a good, smart working agency." And it's determined to 
produce students who can make an impact on the way the 
industry works. 

"We're here to educate leaders in advertising, people who are 
wonderful creative, strategic thinkers, people who really value 
consumers and understand how to build bridges between con- 
sumers and products in an intelligent way." 

About a third of the students study the strategic side — the 
research and thinking that provides the foundation for any 
campaign. The others work the creative side as writers and art 
directors. 

The result is smart advertising. Combining strategic and 
creative thinking, just as real agencies do, is relatively unusual in 
advertising education. As a result, Cook-Tench said, student 
work at other schools often "looks good but there is a lack of 
strategic thinking." 

Cook-Tench was at the top of her game in 1991, a creative 
supervisor at The Martin Agency with more than 100 national 
awards in her trophy case. 

"She was nationally known as one of the best creatives 
around," said Kelly O'Keefe, a member of the center's advisory 
board and president of CadmusCom, a local advertising and 
marketing business. "She was making the big bucks, and she set 
all that aside." 

Cook-Tench began teaching advertising at VCU in 1991 and 
was the driving force behind the Adcenter, which was launched 
in 1996. 



says VCU's 
new graduate 
Adcenter 



Associate Professor 

David "Jelly" Helm 

critiques student work 

at the Adcenter. 



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Her experience allowed her to tap into Richmond's extensive 
advertising community. The school's downtown location on 
Main Street, near Shockoe Slip, puts it in walking distance of 
lots of agencies. 

"I was able to bring a city of professionals with me," Cook- 
Tench said. "It made me feel pretty damn good. We have pro- 
fessionals in here on pretty much a daily basis." 

John Adams, chairman and chief executive of The Martin 
Agency, spoke at the school's first graduation ceremony. The 
Adcenter "has leapfrogged from a dead stop to the most 
exciting school of its kind in the nation in one year," he told 
graduates. 

O'Keefe believes Cook-Tench's work at the Adcenter will 
have an even greater impact than her agency work. "She's 
earned the respect of hundreds of people in the industry for 
creating something that has far more permanence than any ad 
you can create." 

Now she's working to produce people who have an aversion 
to bad advertising, ads that are "boring, that talk down to con- 
sumers, that try to trick people. Poor advertising is advertising 
that doesn't understand that it's intrusive. 

"If you come into people's kitchens iminvited, you better be 
polite and entertaining. It's possible to do those things and be 
smart at the same time." 

This article is edited and excerpted with permission from a copy- 
right feature in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, June 9, 1998. 





MARY CAROLE jORGENSEN 

Assistant Account Planner 

Goodby, Silverstein and Partners — San Francisco 

CHents: Pacific Bell Sutter Home Wine, Nike 



Jorgensen was a science major at VOJ for three 
years before she switched to journalism and spent 
asummer interning at Richmond's Martin 
Agency, where they recommended she apply to the 
Adcenter. She did, and went in right after gradua- 
tion. 

"I'm a little more task-oriented, more interest- 
ed in the strategic side of the business than the 
CTeative," says Jorgensen. She chose a track focused 
on account management, planning and media 
planning. 

At the Adcenter, she sa^-s, "We really see what's 
going on in the business." And the comprehensi\'e 
program, as well as the name recognition of the 
Board of Directors, certainly opened some doors 
for her. She had sLx inter\ie\vs at major agencies, 
and three job offers. 

Jorgenssen's portfolio of student work showed 
prospective employers her understanding of the 
entire process of advertising — essential for a strate- 
gist. "Some places weren't used to seeing a book 
irom someone on the strategic end. I think that 
gave me a leg up. .\gencies don't have time to train 
people any more. I had to be able to hit the ground 
running." 



• After Adcenter students 
swept first second and 
tfiird place in the One 
Show last spring, the 
One Club, ttte top profes- 
sional creative ad club in 
the U.S., chose the VCU 
Adcenter as one of the 
top ten schools in the 
nation. Not bad for a 
two-year-old. 

• The Adcenter Board of 
Directors includes 15 
industry leaders like 
Rinn Dallis, president 
of Leo Brunet-Chicago; 
Mike Hughes, president 
of Richmond's Martin 
Agency; Pam EL 

VP Marketing 
Communications at 
US WEST-Denven and 
John Roberts, director 
of advertising for Sony 
Electronics in New 
Jersey. Board meetings 
bring them to VCU to 
meet with students 
twice a year. 



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Jane Newman, one of 
the top figures in 
advertising research, 
discusses her work with 
Adcenter students Jay 
Picard, Jan Little and 
Tina Scott. 



In October, the Wall 
Street Journal spon- 
sored a workshop and 
reception comparing 
creative revolutionaries 
ofthe'60sandthe'90s. 
The team who created 
the Voll<swagen Beetle 
ads 30 years ago visited 
VCU, along with the 
people who produced 
Nike ads for the '90s. 

' Every week a major 
name from the advertis- 
ing community comes to 
the Adcenter to speak 
with students. Like Nora 
McGinnis, editor of 
Peop/e magazine, and 
Red Sky Interactive, 
who develop interactive 
websites. 

• The Adcenter draws 
on local creative 
professionals, too. 
Students learn from 
Richmond talent in 
theater, sculpture and 
poetry. VCU faculty in 
business, art, and mass 
communications have 
all been part of the 
program. 



Adcenter board members are 

industry leaders fi-om across 

the U.S. and England. People 

like Jon Steel, Carolyn Jones 

and Bill Westbrook met with 

students in October to discuss 

the business and critique 

student presentations. 



CHRIS SHELDON 

Art Director 

Leo Burnett — Chicago 

Clients: Disney, Niritendo, Kelloggs 

After an internship at an ad agency in Baltimore 
before his senior year at Randolph-Macon College, 
Sheldon had fleeting thoughts of being an art 
director. "But I didn't have the skills," he says 
bluntly. 

Instead, after graduation he fell into financial 
planning, a field that soon left him yawning. 
Sheldon remembered an article he'd read about 
the Adcenter, and decided the intensive training 
would give him the skills he needed for the job he 
wanted. 

"It's the best thing I ever did," says Sheldon. "I 
learned the basics like the history of advertising, 
the foundations of design, and concepting. They 
started us slowly, then threw us in to see if we 
could swim." 

That training served him well as a new art 
director working on the Kelloggs account. On the 
job for a mere two weeks, he was teamed with 
another Adcenter graduate, Tom Wilson (left, 
with Chris and their pals), a copywriter who'd 
been there four days. Together they sold a spot for 
strawberry Pop-Tarts to Kelloggs — a giant straw- 
berry man is escorted into a van by two mysterious 
toaster-pastry men in sunglasses. The lawn gnome 
with the video camera hidden in his eye clues in 
the viewer that the search is on for the best straw- 
berries. 

Sheldon also feels the Adcenter has a genuine 
respect for stadents as people with valuable 
opinions. "They used our first-year input to help 
improve the program for the second year." 




JHAMES HOLLEY 

Student, Art Direction Track 

Intern 

GSD&M — Austin, Texas 

Ninety percent of our second-year students spent 
the summer in a paid internship with a nationally 
recognized agency. Jhames Holley's (nght) 
summer internship in Austin, Texas, was an expe- 
rience any art director would relish. Working at 
GSD8dvl, the premier advertising agency in the 
Southwest, not only showed him the ropes, but 
landed him a job offer as well. 

"They treated us as professionals, not as 
interns." HoUey and his partoer from the 
Adcenter, copywriter Brian Marabello, competed 
with agency staff on a Penzoil television advertise- 
ment. And the rookies made the grade. Penzoil 
bought their concept, and interns Holley and 
Marabello were in on the entire process of produc- 
ing a major television commercial in Los Angeles. 

At the Adcenter, "They teach you not to just 
settle on the first concept that seems good, to go 
beyond that," Holly explains. "The creative 
director commended us on our work ethic — how 
we stayed on strategy and kept going. You don't 
always start with the most glamorous assignments, 
but you do your best. Your boss' opinion is based 
on your effort, no matter what you're working 
on." 

So will Holley take the job he was offered at 
GSD8{M when he graduates? He's not sure. He's 
still got another year to go. Who knows what 
might come up by then? 



Documenting successful 
ad campaigns of the 
past, student teams 
meet with the original 
creative team — client, 
account executive, 
writer, art director — to 
research the genesis of 
the campaign. Students 
write scripts, design 
shooting boards and 
produce a 15-minute 
documentary. Through 
these projects, students 
make contacts with 
"Hall of Fame" leaders 
from all over the country. 

• Nine VCU Adcenter 
students won $70,000 
in scholarships from the 
American Association 
of Advertising Agencies 
Foundation, Inc. VCU 
students were among 
19 multicultural students 
who earned $170,000. 
These scholarships will 
increase the level of 
cultural diversity in 
creative departments 
of American advertising 
agencies. 



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School of Allied Health I'mfeWwrn 
Colonel RasMill W. Heath Jr. USAf 
'85 MS Medical Technology 

I Jircctor of l.uropcan Theater medical 
information systems for the L)c-partment of 
Defense. Heath oversees medical systems and 
communications support for 20,fKXJ medical 
personnel at 68 U.S. facilities from Belgium to 
I'urkey. 1 Icath designed and directed the 
systems backing up the 1 1 ,000 casualties in the 
I Jcscrt Storm war against Iran, helping limit 
American deaths to 400. 

School of the Ans 

Tracey Welbom '89 BM Music 

Opera tenor Welborn has a flair for comedy and 
the baroque repetoire. With opera companies 
and orchestras in Europe, Israel and Japan, he 
has sung Tamino in Die Zauberfliite, title roles in 
Roberto Devereux and Candide, as well as other 
operatic and oratorio roles. His prizes include 
first place in the Washington Internationa] 
Competition for Singers. 

School of Basic Health Sciences 

Sandra Welch '86 PhD Pharmacology and 

Toxicology 

Associate Professor in the Department of 
Pharmacology and Toxicology. Welch's 
research on the neuropharmacology of pain 
is supported by NIH, including a prestigious 
K02 award. 

School of Business 

Charlotte Fischer '71 BS Retailing 

Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of 
Paul Harris Stores, Inc. since 1995. Before that, 
she was President and CEO of Claire's 
Boutiques from 1986 to 1991. Under her lead, 
the chain grew from 200 stores to more than 
1,100 in five years. 

School of Dentist!-}' 

Dr. James Revere Jr. '65 DDS 

Executive Associate Dean of the School of 
Dentistry, Revere has been on the faculty since 
1967, serving in all administrative roles in the 
School during a long and distinguished career. 
Fellow alumni respert and appreciate his 
dedication and leadership skills. 

School of Education 

lay Fitzgerald '75 BS Physical Education '75BS 

Mass Communications 

Head swimming coach for four national 
and three international teams, including 
the USA World Championship Short 
Course Swimming Team. He ser\'ed as 



an NBC sport swimming advitor iot the 1988 
and 1996 Olympics. Htzgnald haf placed 35 
swimmers on intcmationaJ teami, a- ' 
his swimmers was inducted into the 
International Swimming Hall of Fame. 

College of Humanities and Sciences 

Sheri R^olds '92 MFA Create Writing 

Published three criticalJy-atdaimcd and 
bcsl-sclling novels, Bitterroot Landing, The 
Kapture ofCxtnaan 'selected by Oprah Winfrey 
for her book club) and A Gracious Plenty, her 
most recent noveL 

School of Medicine 

John Bower '61 MD 

Founded Kidnt7 Care, Inc a regiortal network 

of artificial kidney units to treat patients with 

end-stage kidney disease. 

School of Nursing 

Nancy Durrett '58 BS '72 MS 

Now Executive Direaor for the Virginia Board 

of Nursing, Durrett was on the faculty of tlie 

School of Nursing for five years. She was a 

distinguished member of the SadJe Heath 

Cabaniss Society in 1996-97. 

School of Pharmacy 

Mark Szalwinsld '85 BS Pharmacy 

'91MHA 

Director of Pharmacy for the Sentara Health 

System, where he has reshaped a dynamic 

pharmacy program. Szal^sinski has also 

been president of the \'irginia Society of 

Health-System Pharmacists. 

School of Social Work 

SheUa Crowdey '76 BSW 78 MSW 

'98 PhD 

Former Executi%-e Director of The Daily Planet, 

services for Richmond's homeless people; 

former Executi\e Director of the Richmond 

Urban Institute; Congressional Fellow to the 

Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban 

Aflfeirs in the U.S. Senate. 

Non traditional Studies 
Be\Tll Dean '91 BGS Urban Court 
Adminstration 

Clerk of the Circuit Court, Cit>' of Richmond. 
one of the largest Circuit Courts in Virginia. 
Dean and his staff handle 13,000 criminal and 
dvil cases a year as well as recording deeds, 
issuing marriage licenses, and appointing 
executors in probate cases. Dean volunteers 
at Richmond's Emergency Shelter and the 
Manchester \'MC\. He reads regulaih.- to a 
group of second graders and works with the 
Peace Forum Sunday School Series at 
Richmond's Ginter Park Presbneiian Church. 



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It's literally in the air. Look up Broad Street, or glance toward 
the northern sky from naid-campus, at Harrison and Park 
), Streets. There we are, larger than life, on the Siegel Center 
tower. A tremendous building campaign on both campuses has given 
VCU a new presence. 

On both the MCV and Academic Campuses, projects totaling $257 
million are either in the works or have been completed in the last few 
years, and nearly $70 million of authorized projects are in the planning 
stages. The new buildings and renovations are creating new pathways for 
faculty collaboration, new emphasis on biomedical and technological 
research and teaching, greater interaction with the life and business of 
Richmond — and the state and region — and a greatly enriched student life. 

The $29.8 miUion Stuart C. Siegel Convocation and Recreation 
Center, stretching west on Broad Street from Harrison, is an obvious 
place to start. The Siegel Center is yet another huge leap forward from 
the small beginnings of VCU's athletic program 30 years ago, when sports 
and recreation were focused at the Franklin Street Gym, and the Rams' 
baseball club went to bat on local high school ball fields. 

Today VCU's athletes play 15 sports, and VCU athletic facilities serve 
thousands of students, faculty and alumni. More than ever, the growth 
of the university has created the demand for a new athletic center to 
complement the aging Franklin Street Gym and other athletic facilities. 

Early in 1997, old warehouses along Broad Street were demolished to 
create room for the Siegel Center — a massive 190,808 square feet of gym 
space, courts and facilities, as well as athletic department offices. The Siegel 
Center's recreation equipment for students and athletes includes free 
weights, treadmills, stair climbers and computerized bicycles, and will 
feature VCU's first enclosed studio for aerobics and martial arts. The 
multi-purpose gymnasium offers students organized indoor soccer, floor 
hockey, basketball and volleyball, among other sports. The Center's 
capacity for 7,500 fans means the Rams' basketball team will at last have 
a true home. 

Even in its incomplete state last July, the Siegel Center was catching 
more than a few eyes — notably those of the NCAA Division I Women's 
Basketball Committee, who recommended the facility to host the East 
Regional playoffs in the year 2000. 

Unfortunately, the Center's opening was delayed, first by bad weather 
and later by a series of construction problems and necessary changes. 
Neither Men's nor Women's Basketball teams played at the Center this 
season, losing their home court advantage, and other events had to be 
rescheduled. Still, it will be worth the wait. The arena sports a 40,000 
square-foot maple court, excellent sight fines and retrartable seats. The 



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University announced in February that wireless-communications 
company Alltel will sponsor the arena with $2 million over the next ten 
years. The Siegel Center will open in early March, with the Alltel Arena 
available a month later. VCU will hold Commencement in the Richmond 
Coliseum, not in the arena, as some reports had it. 

The student body benefits enormously from the new gym, but there's 
more. VCU is easing a lot of its growing pains by "going North" to Broad 
Street. A block east of the Siegel Center, the new Fine Arts Building is 
rising fast — and a new dorm will be going up in between. Across the 
street, the e' Bookstore and West Broad Street Parking Deck are 
already open. 

This is a change in a positive direction from earlier university plans to 
move south into Oregon Hill, or west into the Fan. Instead, new VCU 
building is renewing a tired part of the city and stimulating the revival 
of commercial and neighborhood areas adjacent to VCU. Richmond's 
Mayor Tim Kaine comments, "With the Siegel Center, the Fine Arts 
Building and the new bookstore and parking deck, VCU's work on 
Broad Street is helping reclaim the central 
thoroughfare of the city." 

The $ 1 2 milHon parking deck relieves 
the strain on other campus lots, providing 
space for 1,100 commuters' and visitors' 
cars. At the deck's ground level is VCU's 
new 30,000-square-foot e2 Bookstore, 
relocated from its former home in the 
Hibbs building. Operated by FoUett College 
Stores, Inc., e2 has jumped into the future 
at warp speed, leaving the conventional campus bookstore several galaxies 
behind. The facility features more than $1 million in fixtures and furnish- 
ings, and plans to capitalize on a concept called "entertailing" — a mix of 
entertaining and retailing — that brings high tech interaction, like free 
internet access sites and CD listening domes, to the traditional bookstore. 
e2's cafe with multiscreen video displays puts the whipped cream on the 
latte of its "Barnes and Noble" appeal. 

The parking deck is also home to the new VCU Welcome Center, a 
striking gateway to VCU for alimini, new students and tacult)', and our 
Richmond neighbors. The campus's new Broad Street corridor (including 
the parking) puts the Welcome Center in the choice location for picking 
up VCU admissions information. "It will be more than just a place to pick 
up brochures," says Sherry Mikuta, assistant \ice provost. Visitors can 
access VCU's website through Welcome Center computers, and meet 
VCU advisors in several conference and interview rooms. 




Lit and latte at the r Bookstore. 



The third new presence on Broad Street is the S 1 5.7 million Fine Arti 
Center, begun in Fall, 1 997 and scheduled to open in Summer, 1999. The 
School of the Arts has outgrown the Pollak Building, with departments 
scattered across campus. Now, the Departments of Crafts, Painting and 
Printmaking, and Sculpture will be together under one roof, increasing 
CTOSS-disciplinary inspiration and consolidating some expensive systems. 

Arts faculty and a thoiasand students will have studio, ofiSce and 
storage space. Like science labs, art studios require special equipment, 
like intricate ventilation systems and kilns. Sharing those facilities is cost- 
effective, explains art school Dean Richard Toscan. "This building will be 
one of the country's outstanding studio art facilities," Toscan continues. 
"It will have a real impact on our goal to become one of the top fi%'e art 
and design schools in the United States." 

The Sculpture Department's .\If A 
program has already been recognized as 
fifth in the country- by U.S. .Veivs and W'orid 
Report. Chair Joe Seipel is excited about the 
electronic induction fiimace in the new 
foundr)' and welding shop. "Well be able 
to cast bronze, aluminum, stainless sted 
and iron. We can do that now," he adds, 
"but the ne\v furnace is better for the emironment than the conven- 
tional gas furnace, and safer. This will be one of three in the countr,', 
so it will be a big recruiting tool for students interested in tbundr\- 
work — ^both graduates and undergraduates." 

"The Fine Arts Center will ser\'e as the cultural centerpiece for this 
new emerging Broad Street," saw \'CU President Eugene TranL 
People passing on the sidewalk can look into the atrium-lobby through 
two-stor)' plate glass \sindows and see exhibits of art by students, feoilt)', 
alumni and others — ^just the kind of creati\'e excitement that an uitian 
space can generate. 

On the other side of the Academic Campus, the new School of 
Engineering stands solid and gleaming in glass, jwlished stone and old 
brick at Main and Behidere Streets, facing Monroe Park. Its dedication 
in November marked not only the new building, but an entireh^ new 
discipline at \'CU. It has been named the 1998 proiea of the year by the 
Richmond Real Estate Group for its design and contribution to the 
Richmond real estate market. 

The ne\v School of Engineering is actualh' t\\T) buildings: die 1 27,000- 
square-foot, S26.6 million classroom building, and the 13,000-square-foot 
S 1 1 million X'irginia Miaoelectronics Center — a major piece of former 
Governor Allen's incentive package that attraaed the microdectronics 



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VCU engineers a school for visionary solutions to real 




industry to Central Virginia. The Center includes a 7,500-square-foot 
"clean room" for working with semiconductors. The engineering building 
contains a library, two case method classrooms, 33 laboratories, and two 
classrooms with the computerized audio-visual capacity to link students 
to engineering experts all over the world. "The Engineering Building really 
brings Richmond into the 21st century in technology education," says 
Mayor Kaine. This is another VCU initiative that brings promise to the 
city, state and region. 







The press don "bunny suits" for a 
close-up look at the "clean room. ' 



Along with Virginia Tech, Old 
Dominion University and the 
College of William & Mary, VCU 
benefited from an $8 miUion gift 
fi-om Motorola supporting engi- 
neering education in Virginia. Six 
million dollars goes to VCU for 
clean room equipment, in "the 
biggest corporate gift the university 
ever received," says President Trani, 
Beyond that, Motorola has committed $500,000 more in cash over 
three years. And the 1998 Virginia General Assembly appropriated 
$1.4 million from state general funds to operate and maintain the 
dean room. 

"The microelectronics field vM see vigorous grovrth, but there is 
not a large enough educational infrastructure," explains Dr. Rob Pearson, 
associate professor of electrical engineering at VCU. "That need must be 
addressed. Companies will be looking for the engineers that VCU will be 
producing." 

Pearson has been developing a curriculum that vnU give undergradu- 
ates hands-on experience in the "clean room," with the same equipment 
and protocols that they will find in the workforce. Pearson says the lab 
offers students the best environment for learning how semiconductor 
devices are made, how they work, and how to enhance their operations. 
The Engineering School is already attracting some of the brightest 
students from Virginia's high schools. When the Microelectronics Center 
opens in 1999, it wiU be a "Class 
1000" facility, a learning environ- 
ment found at only a handflil of 
U.S. universities. 

In addition to ftinds for the 
Engineering School, the 1998 
General Assembly approved $21.9 
million for a new Life Sciences 
Building at the northeast comer 
of Harrison and Gary Streets 
behind OUver Hall. VCU broke 
ground on lanuary 19, and the 
building viill open in summer, 
200 1 . The sorely needed new facility will promote cross-fertilization of 
research and teaching in a wide range of disciplines, including environ- 
mental studies, molecular biology and physiology — from top to bottom. 







ffl 




The headquarters of Virginia's Division of 
Forensic Science, with the world's second- 
largest DNA database, is at Biotech Two. 



The 3,000-foot greenhouse on the top floor will create three environ- 
ments — desert, mild climate and tropic. An aquatics facility in the 
basement wiU have 20 freshwater and marine research tanks, supporting 
teaching and research in aquatic ecology. In the state-of the-art molecular 
biology laboratory, faculty and students will research questions in genetics, 
physiology, immimology, microbiology and evolutionary biology. The 
building will house 18 instructional labs and 25 research labs, as well as 
several departments and the interdisciplinary Environmental 
Studies Center. 

Biology is the second most popular bachelor's degree program at 
VCU, with 800 undergraduate majors. The university's focus on life 
sciences blends science, ecology, botany, mathematics, medicine, tech- 
nology and engineering. "The inter- 
sections of tiaditional disciplines are 
where we are discovering answers 
and clues to contemporary 
problems," VCU President Eugene 
Trani comments. 

The MCV Campus is changing 
dramatically as well. In the past five 
years, the Ambulatory Care Center; 
Parking Deck N, including 
employee child care and VCU Mail 
Services; the $25 million Medical Sciences Biulding for interdisciplinary 
research; and the moved and renovated Alumni House have enhanced 
research, life, and parking on campus. And growth continues. 

The 1998 Assembly also budgeted $13.3 million for the renovation of 
Sanger Hall. Sanger houses the School of Medicine's academic and admin- 
isfrative offices, as well as labs, classrooms and lecture halls. It was built in 
1963, and, except for some external maintenance, has not been updated 
since. The University wiU renovate labs and classrooms; replace and repair 
the building's electrical, elevator, plumbing and water systems; improve 
ventilation, heating and air conditioning; and make some exterior repairs. 
VCU has expanded its presence in lackson Ward in downtovm 
Richmond with its role in the financing of Biotech 2, which opened 
this summer in the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park. Biotech 2 is 
home to the state Division of Forensic Sciences and the Office of the 
Chief Medical Examiner, both featured in the stories of famed novelist 
and Richmond resident Patricia ComweU. In fact, in her latest novel 
Point of Origin, ComweU's heroine. Dr. Kay Scarpetta (a.La. VCU's 
Dr. Marcella Fierro '75HS/M), is already working out of her new 
office in Biotech 2. 

Adjacent to the MCV Campus of VCU, the Vfrginia Biotechnology 
Park is in the right place at the right time. Capitalizing on the rapid 
growth of the biotech industry, the Park is bringing jobs and economic 
vitality to Richmond. Businesses are locating here because of the acces- 
sibUity of resources at the MCV Campus and Hospitals. Its six build- 
ings currentiy serve 33 companies, agencies and organizations, and when 
fully completed the park wiU house $500 million in facUities and more 
than 3,000 employees. 



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President Irani sees the Biotech Park, the School of Engineering 
and the coming Life Sciences Building — and their university-corporate 
partnerships — as key steps to take lychmond "to the next level as a 
high-tedinology center." He spent three months in England this summer 
investigating this process in Cambridge, which has "the greatest concen- 
tration of high-tech activity in Europe" — development that's knovm as 
"the Cambridge phenomenon." Dr. Trani's "Cambridge Report," based 
on his observations there, outlines die growth factors for a "Richmond 
phenomenon" and VCU's role in it. {Seepages.) 

In the heart of the MCV Campus, two recent additions sharpen the 
focus and multiply the capabilities for University research. 

The New Medical Sciences Building on Marshall Street, next to the 
Egyptian Building, opened in September, 1997. The nine-story, $24.8 
million building is another step toward a Richmond phenomenon. It's 
designed to foster collaboration among diverse medical and science disci- 
plines across both campuses, leading to breakthrough research. "This 
building vnW enable our faculty and student researchers to cooperate and 
plan with one another in new and exciting ways," says Dr. Trani. 

The privately-funded Paul A. Gross Conference Center, dedicated at 
Alumni Reunion in April, 1998, is a three-story, 9,100-square-foot 
meeting center attached to the MCV Alumni House and built in the same 
gracious Greek Revival design. The Gross Center's meeting rooms large 
and small — ^when combined with the Alumni House — can accommodate 
social events of up to 300 people. Its central meeting room is equipped 
with the latest video and online technology so that VCU Campus faculty 
and staff can host conferences, seminars and professional meetings on the 
medical campus. Like the MCV Alumni House, the Center also provides 
space for student and alumni seminars and gatherings. 

And more is planned. The state recendy granted revenue bond financ- 
ing authority up to $8 million for VCU to collaborate with the City of 
Richmond to build a new School of Social WorL VCU is also a partner 
in a $4 miUion, 3,000-seat, NCAA regulation Track and Soccer Center 
under construction adjacent to the Diamond, Richmond's baseball park. 
Construction will begin on a new Sports Medicine Building on Broad 
Street in late fall, 1999. 

It's a time of remarkable growth for VCU. These new buildings 
are vision made visible — a radical transformation of the quality of 
education and student life, as well as VCU's vibrant contribution to 
the Richmond and Virginia community. 

VCU's website on new construction opens in March: 
www. VCU. edii/fmd/ 

Dave McCormack is a Richmond freelance writer who is working 
on an MFA in fiction in VCU's Creative Writing Program. 




The new Life Sciences Building will maintain 
three climates in the top-floor greenhouse — 
and 20 tanks in the basement for research in 
aquatic ecology. 





^ At the Medical Saences 

-^ Building each floor fKuses 

1 interdisciplinary resources on 

i an area of research, such as 

5 the immune system. 



Biotech Two at Virginia's 
Biotechnolog)' Park — the 
hub of a "Richmond 
phenomenon"? 




Tradition made new at the renoixited 
WO' Campus .\lumni House and the 
new Conwcation Center. 



17 



SPRING 1999 




Tim Canan maps 
the future in Loudon 
County, the fastest- 
growing county in 
Virginia. 



aveyou ever been stuck in trajfic caused 
by poorly planned construction and 
thought "I could do this better"? Or have 
you ever had part of your neighborhood 
bulldozed for city/county use — leaving 
your perfectly manicured lawn fronted 
by a multi-lane road, complete with 
neon double yellow line and 2 a.m. 
traffic? You thought, "I could do this 
better" Perhaps you've driven past a 
public housing development where 
children play in the street and thought, 
"/ could do this better." 

Several VCU alumni have had that 
same thought, and they are "doing it 
better" — in every aspect of planning 
building financing and marketing that 
builds or enhances a viable community. 
You could say 
that when we 



John Marlles cuts towering 
problems down to size in 
Henrico county near 
Richmond. 




1ICHAEL KACMARC 




Roy Amason (right and page 23) has built 50 subdivisions 
near Richmond. On site at Cross Point, he and John Wright, 
his partner in that venture, plan another community. 



access our 



alumni expertise, 



it makes 



BY DEBBIE CAREY 'SSMA/HSiS 



SHAFER COURT CONNECTIONS 



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MAPPING IT OUT 




As a planner for Arlington County near 
D.C., Tim Canan '89MURP/ H&S, 

handled most of the issues and crises 
that face a developed urban area. Now 
a senior planner for Loudoun (x)unty, 
the fastest growing county in Virginia, 
he's the person to look at our hypotheti- 
cal "village," review the patterns of 
industrial, commercial and residential 
development and analyze its past, 
present and future. 

"It's like one big map. I work with the 
county's General Land Use Plan, adopted 
in 1961 and amended several times, an 
ultimate projection of what we want to 
happen in the future." County planning 
staff develop a plan, with input from 
citizens and other interested stakeholders 
through public hearings and other 
contacts. Then the County Board adopts 
the plan, which affects other decisions 
like zoning regulations and highway 
plans. Amendments go through the 
same process. Canan and other long- 
term planners use data analysis and 
research to forecast numbers of jobs 
and residents. "So, as you look toward 
future development and redevelopment, 
you identify the way the demographics 
are developing." 

After wide experience with more 
specific planning issues, Canan was ready 
for this job. A typically knotty confronta- 
tion was at Pentagon City Mall. "A devel- 
oper came to the county planning office 



with a proposal to develop approximately 
1 ,000 residential units with 3(X),(XXJ 
square feet of retail development." lji>ca\ 
residents were highly skeptical, because 
retail space in the original Pentagon City 
Mall had been designed to attract 
"outside" shoppers, adding to neighbor- 
hood traffic congestion. 'I'hey were not 
anxious to meet with a new developer 
who wanted to develop the back side of 
the Mall. "They didn't want a second 
mall bringing in outside buyers." 

2k)ning at the time allowed only for 
residential development, so the developer 
lobbied hard to convince either local resi- 
dents or the County Board that his vision 
would benefit Arlington County. While 
the developer wanted to buUd retail, "the 
residents wanted the type of shops that 
service a community, like dry cleaners," 
Canan explains. 

Citizens, business owners and resi- 
dents met to come up with a vision for 
the County Board to evaluate. There was 
a lot of give and take before a final com- 
promise, says Canan, who was on the 
planning team that facilitated the 
exchange. In the end, developers reduced 
the size of retail space and agreed to con- 
tribute to a community package — which 
might include funds for road improve- 
ment to ease trafSc congestion, parks, or 
a public art space. 

Canan acknowledges that developers 
often promote their personal visions with 
hefty PR and savvy lawyers. But he feels 
that his office, together with local resi- 
dents, citizens' rights groups and the 



Qjunty Btjard, has been abk to negotiate 
what's best for the county. 




SUBURBAN SHIFTS 



John Marilcs '84MA;H&S is the ne^ 
director of planning for Henrico County 
outside Richmond. He had been working 
in Roanoke, in soulhwesUrm Virginia, 
and "it's really quite a change," he says. 
"Henrico is a more mature urban county. 
It has a healthy rate of growth, but it's 
starting to experience some of the 
problems that face the state's older urban 
areas. We have a number of older neigh- 
borhoods which are shifting fi-om ovsTier- 
occupancy to rental units, where mainte- 
nance is not what it once was." 

Like suburbs throughout the country, 
Henrico has been struggling with 
multiple applications from different com- 
panies to site new cell towers, the large 
towers necessary to operate cellular 
phones. Marlles thinks the count)- has a 
plan to cut this towering problem down 
to size, that will steer local residents and 
cell tower providers through negotiations 
to a conclusion with something in it for 
everv'one. 

"One of the bluest, most controver- 
sial challenges facing not only this office, 
but city and county planning agencies 
throughout the country is the issue of 
regulating cell towers," says Marlles 
emphatically. These tovs-ers used to be 
placed along the outskirts of communi- 




ties along major highways, but now com- 
panies are building them increasingly 
closer to residential neighborhoods. 
Marlles explains that die 1996 federal 
Telecommunication Act weakened local 
zoning laws, which had kept ceil towers 
out of residential areas. 
I Now the towers are moving off the 
highways and closer to residential neigh- 
borhoods, a trend which angers home- 
owners. Marlles and the planning staff are 
trying to protect Henrico County neigh- 
borhoods from die unsighdy 200-foot 
towers, while allowing appropriate access 
for cell towers - which do provide a 
service people and businesses want. 
Marlles believes die county is working 
toward a positive compromise which 
may become a model for other commu- 
nities. "We have had many calls from 
other communities interested in knowing 
how die County is going to approach diis 
issue," he says. 

The draft proposal under review by 
Henrico's Board of Supervisors will 
require a major amendment to the 
county's Comprehensive Plan and a 
complete re- write of its zoning ordinance 
requirements. The objective of the 
amendments is to keep new cell towers 
out of the county's residential neighbor- 
hoods by making it easier for companies 
to locate in nonresidential sections like 
industrial parks and commercial areas. "If 
new cell towers must locate in residential 
areas," Marlles adds, "diey should be 
required to use stealdi technology. There 
are many successful examples of cell 
towers designed to look like flagpoles, beU 
towers, and even trees." 

Road construction, mall development 
and cell tower locations — these are some 
of the more immediate problems we're 
up against, planning and revising our 
imaginary community. But with Marlles 
and Canan's years of expertise, we can 
engineer collaborations between 
developers and residents. 







TOWN MEETINGS 



In fact, between these two city/county 
planners, we have the best available 
advice for developing our dream com- 
munity. We just need someone to work 
with our planners to encourage the right 
kind of developers to consider some of 
our underdeveloped market areas. 

Frances Stanley '91MURP/H&S 
introduces herself as "an information 



broker who deals with commimity devel- 
opment." From the Commimity Affairs 
Office in Richmond's Federal Reserve i 
Bank, Stanley and tiie rest of the staff \ 
make connections among community 
groups and investors in five states and the 
District of Columbia. They analyze a 
specific community to produce an invest- 
ment opportunities profile and then 
invite local residents, investors, develop- 
ers and community action groups to 
meet. 

Under the Commimity Reinvestment 
Act, Stanley explains, a certain percentage 
of a bank's loans must go into minority 
and women's small businesses and com- 
munity projects in low-income neighbor- 
hoods. Her office looks for the possibili- 
ties in a community and then brings the 
investors to the need. 

Stanley's office has profiled 
FayetteviUe, North Carolina, which has 
faced severe commercial setbacks since 
the downsizing of the army. Economic 
development is stalled, and people can't 
sell their property there. Stanley feels tiiat 
if local government can help bring in new 
businesses and generate jobs, people will 
want to stay. 

To make diat happen, Stanley's office 
and sister offices in Baltimore and 
Charlotte, Nordi Carolina have four 
tools: the profile; an economic report 
generated from the profile; a magazine, 
Marketvnse, widely circulated, that 
encourages community groups to seek 
out loans and points out the potential in 
these underdeveloped neighborhoods to 
banks and other lenders; workshops and 
seminars for people from a target area 
that make specific recommendations for 
loans and development. "Most of the 
services we provide are free," she says, 
"mentoring, or helping people make 
business development plans to apply 
for a loan." 

Stanley's most recent conference, 
"Accessing Capital: Start to Finish" gave 
small businesses advice on where to find 
startup loans — advice that's desperately 
needed. "We surveyed small businesses 
and asked where they found the capital to 
start. People would write in and say 
they'd used their credit cards — someone 
owed $200,000 on four credit cards, at 18 
to 21 percent interest." They are unaware 
of other sources — banks, non-profit 
community development groups, or 
"angel" investors who started as small 
businesspeople themselves and want to 
help others. 



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"We bring the information to help 
communities help themselves." Yes, 
Stanley is a must on our community 
development team. 



THE REIT STUFF 

Now, we have two city planners to help 
us develop long- and short-term goals, 
and to help us manipulate our way 
around systems diat don't always protect 
residents. We have a Federal Reserve 
Bank employee who encourages investors 
to sponsor under-developed sites by 
offering financial bonus points to banks 
that support companies ovmed by 
minorities and women, especially in 
underdeveloped neighborhoods, helping 
us make the most of and for our commu- 
nity. 

We have developers who build homes, 
and engineers who gut and renovate the 
interior of commercial properties (as well 
as provide the mechanical and electrical 
systems for new buildings). With all that 
planning, collaborating and developing 
well underway, what do we need? We 
need cash. Or do we? According to Ron 
I Gibson '63BS/B, all we need are assets. 
' Gibson is the president and CEO, and 
an original partner in Highwoods 
Properties, which soared from a market 
capitalization of $275 million in 1994 to 
$4.2 billion today. What better business 
sense to help us know what to buy, what 
to sell and what to develop within our 
dream community? Like his fellow 
alumni, Gibson is located in the south- 
eastern United States, widi company 
tendrils reaching into Tennessee, Kansas 
City and Iowa. In 1994, Highwoods had 
only one location; now, there are 21 
Highwood markets in the Southeast and 
I beyond. 

'■ "Now we are the dominant REIT 
(Real Estate Investment Trust)." A REIT 
trades in real estate, not only with cash, 
but by offering another piece of property 
I in barter. A REIT might even offer stock 
in the real estate they are buying and plan 
to improve. For example, Gibson would 
acquire empty land in exchange for 
shares in the planned development. 
Gibson would build, say, an office park. 
The original owner would have stock in 
the new office park — much more 
valuable now than his original property. 

Gibson attributes his company's 
exponential success to careful planning 
and flexibility. "We had a vision and a 



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20 



Uiin (iihson's Highwoods 
I'wperlics develops 
hacked by assets as well 
as cash. They developed 
the Martin Agency 
building in Richmond's 
s/ii.ikiic s7//>. 




Frances Stanley finds 
capital for communities. 
Tliere are better ways than 
maxing out your credit 
card. 



Noel Ward's Nationwide 
Homes is a model for modular 
building. 



plan," he says. "We developed a strategy." 
I k admits that "the rise in the sttKk 
market didn't hurt, but traditionally, 
REITs are not stock market dependent." 
Gibson explains, "If we adopt a strategy, 
an outlook, that is broad and adaptable, 
we're prepared for the market conditions 
no matter what phase they are in." 

So what's the Highwoods growth 
factor? First, "we went public. People 
could purchase our stock, and we rein- 
vested that into the corporation." If 
Highwoods were interested in purchasing 
a parcel of land, or a subdivision, or even 
a shopping mail, Gibson would approach 
the current owner/developer and offer 
him/her stock in the company to let 
Highwoods take over. Because of the 
deferred tax structure for real estate 
investment trusts, many of these previous 
owners would become wealthier than if 
they had remained independent or had 
sold for cash. 

Although Gibson is certainly pleased 
with Highwoods' corporate earnings, he 
is most proud of the fact that Highwoods 
has never given back a property and has 
never defaulted on a loan. "We look for 
similar companies when we want to 
invest so that we can continue to 
maintain our high level of integrity and 
commercial desirabihty," says Gibson. 
His feet are firmly planted on the ground, 
and maybe that's another reason for 
Highwoods' success. He's involved in the 
concrete process. "I particularly enjoy the 
brick and mortar. I love the development 
component of this job." 



READY-TO-BUILD 

When Stanley's communities decide what 
they need and Gibson's investors buy in, 
t\MO VCU alumni who can make it 
happen are Noel Ward '80MBA and 
John Dunlap '89MURP/H&S. Ward is 
senior vice president of Nationvside 
Homes, where he directs construction, 
sales and marketing. He started his career 
in mortgages and finances, and had to 
scramble for another job when his former 
company was bought out. "It was a hard 
svNitch — ^verv' challenging. It took a year 
and a half to learn the construction and 
marketing platform." 

Ward's company. Nationwide 
Homes, is the single largest modular 
home developer in the Southeast. 
Nationwide's homes are built to conven- 



21 



tionai code, just like a grour. 
home. But they are pr'/'' 
pieces, making oruitc h ■ .d 

often cheafXT. "We often work with 
developers, but also sell directly trj 
families," he explains. "We have aimput- 
crized 3fJ to 6f) pre-designed homes with 
hundreds of optioas which we can 
manipulate easily in AUTOCAD. It's 
quick, and offers customers a bt of flexi- 
bility." 

Nationwide's models include sin^- 
family homes, but "we also build multi- 
family structures — townhomes, apart- 
ments, condominiums and duplexes." 
Developers who purchase large land sites 
may buy a series of Nationwide homes. 
These homes are put up on the lots, and a 
subdivision grows from seed to flower in 
no time. When one site turned out to be 
too small for single-family homes. Ward 
provided the developer with a series of 
tovsTihomes, which fit nicely in the space 
and improved one of those underdevel- 
oped areas Frances Stanley would have 
had her eye on. So, Ward is a perfect 
contact for our single-family, townhouse 
or apartment needs. 

If we find we must renovate many 
older commercial buildings, as many 
urban and modem suburban neighbor- 
hoods do, then we can call on Lanna, 
Dunlap & Spriggs, who specialize in 
interior construction. .-Mumnus lohn 
Dunlap and his two associates started 
their o\%ti company in 1987. Now that 
he's a corporate president, he doesn't get 
his feet "dirtv" in the construction end of 
the business as often, he laughs, 
"although I trv- to make a least a few \isits 
to sites to make sure the work is progress- 
ing well." Dunlap has contracts vWth 
Circuit City, Car Max and -WIF Bovsiing. 
His crews travel all over the countn." pro- 
viding mechanical and electrical exper- 
tise. At XCV, Dunlap's firm has \%orked 
on the Siegel Center, the Fine .\rts 
Center, and the School of Engineering. 
He has helped v%ith the Richmond 
Convention Centers expansion and 
other institutional projects. 

Dunlap is most proud of his firm's 
invention to cool the new Siegel Center. 
"The Slurpv Machine." ■"NormaDv-vs-e 
would need, say, 1,000 tons of refrigera- 
tion. Instead of having a big, 1,000- ton 
chiller," explains Dunlap, "vs-e have this 
small, 300-ton refrigeration madiine that 
rtms all the time." The conventional 
machine would dick on and oft as 
needed, as the room fills to capacity and 



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sweaty bodies press for more cooling 
power. "The Slurpy Machine" produces a 
slush-like substance which runs water 
through the machine all the time. 
Because it is a smaller unit, functioning at 
a lower level all the time, the unit is also 
more cost-effective." Cool. 

So, as we approach renovating our 
dream community, Dunlap and his 
company can engineer the nuts and bolts, 
and pipes and coils. 




BEYOND THE 
MONOPOLY BOARD 



Real estate is the ultimate Monopoly 
game of financial survival. And Jeffrey 
Berman '74BFA is a player. But he is 
quick to point out that there is much 
more to being in real estate than appears 
on a Monopoly board. First, Berman 
argues, "Eighty to 90 percent of my 
business time is spent with people." Not 
properties, hotels or power. Unlike Ufe, 
the board holds no rewards for being 
good with people. "No matter what you 
do," Berman emphasizes, "you need to be 
able to work with people, establishing 
relationships." 

His first venture into sales was an iced 
tea stand with his brother. "We under- 
priced the boys down the street selling 
lemonade. At five I began to learn that 
everything you do boUs dovm to interact- 
ing with people. My mom and dad taught 
me good business ethics and handling 
money while remaining business savvy, 
criticaJ keys to working effectively with 
people. My mom charged us for the tea 
bags and sugar we used at that stand, 
introducing me to net and gross profits 
for the first time." 

Berman started his professional career 
in 1975, in D.C., clunking into town in a 
broken-down car with $600 dollars to his 
name. Since then, with a lot of hard work, 
well-researched guesses and informed 
judgement, Berman has passed GO 
several times and moved from Baltic to 
Park Avenue — or Potomac, Maryland, 
where he lives with his wife Jackie 
Deitsch, and their daughter, Pacey. 

While Berman is very successful, "I 
don't need to build an empire," he 
comments. "Those are the guys who are 
still putting on suits and ties and getting 
up and going to work each morning in 
their 60s and 70s." Berman adds, "I want 
to enjoy my family and have fun." 

Berman feels his career started before 
graduation, with preparation he got at 



VCU. "People like John Bowie in fine 
arts, Chuck Magistro in communication 
arts and design. Dale Quarterman and 
David Bremmer in photography, and 
especially die chair, Ed Bedno, taught me 
to believe 1 can be successful, and to push 
myself creatively and technically. These 
people shaped my knowledge and work. 
My fine arts degree, with its heavy 
emphasis on photography and design, 
was really important, especially as I tran- 
sitioned from level to level in design and 
marketing." 

In 1975 Berman established J.H. 
Berman, Inc. He picked up real estate 
clients, developing marketing strategies, 
designing logos, and creating brochures 
and ads. The business evolved, and 
Berman was marketing his clients holisti- 
cally — from logo, to furniture, to the 
exterior of their office buildmgs (to 
granite or not to granite?). More VCU 
skills came into play. "I got more than 
just a fine arts degree," says Berman, "I 
got a strong foundation for three-dimen- 
sional design from my mentor and thesis 
advisor Ed Bedno, a nationally known 
designer." 

Soon Berman was riding the fast track 
from the Reading Railroad to the 
Shortline, forward and back, passing GO 
and collerting, well, let's just say more 
tiian $200. In die early '80s, Berman was 
handling a full range of PR services for 
clients like Mobil, Prudential Grosvenor 
International and Carr America (a major 
REIT) — marketing and advertising, even 
groundbreaking ceremonies. His firm 
worked with contractors, architects, engi- 
neers. Berman, Inc. impressed its PR 
peers as well, winning international 
design/marketing awards from groups 
like PSI Zellerbach. 

Berman's wife, Jackie Deitsch, came 
on board professionally in 1981, bringing 
her expertise in sales and media — radio, 
television and print. Altiiough Berman 
had been handling advertising, it wasn't 
his strong point. "Jackie added a lot of 
deptii and skill to the company." After 
twelve years as a full-time partner, 
Deitsch cut back to consultant level to 
stay home wdth Pacey. 

In the late '80s, real estate took a hit, 
and J.H. Berman along witii it. Berman 
hung in there and waited for the turn- 
around, which came, but "it never was 
what it had been in the '80s." 

Berman met Tom Kappler, a vice 
president and Berman's contact at 
Grosvenor International. Kappler 
handled a portfolio of properties in U.S. 





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stand with his brother. Last 

year Berman Kappler bought 

the Ross Building in downtown Richmond (above), 

traded itforAquia Towne Center, then sold that at a 

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In January, VCU's Survey Research Lab released results 
of a telephone poll (not a cell tower) of 850 adults in 
Virginia on their attitudes toward urban/suburban 
sprawl. The survey was funded by the Virginia 
Environmental Endowment, a nonpartisan organization. 

• 63 percent said traffic congestion is serious or very 
serious in their area. 

• 59 percent said the loss of open space is a problem 
the state should try to prevent, and not an inevitable 
result of economic development. 

• 52 percent said school crowding is serious or very 
serious. 

• 70 percent favored relieving traffic congestion by con- 
trolling growth instead of building more roads; 24 
percent would build more roads. 

• 53 percent said growth should be managed to avoid 
overcrowded schools and budget trouble in local gov- 
ernments. 

• 35 percent said that state developers' fees should be 
large enough to cover costs of new roads, sewers, 
and schools. 

• 12 percent were opposed to restricting the right of 
citizens and businesses to move where they want to. 

Virginia's General Assembly has two panels studying the 
problems of growth. There were no significant differ- 
ences between Democrats and Republicans on the 
issue. It appears that sprawl will be a major issue in 
state and local elections this year, and in the presidential 
campaign in 2000. 



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and Canadian cities. Both men created 
strategics for repositioning corporate real 
estate properties for their clients. One day 
over oysters, it occurred to them, "We 
should buy these undervalued properties 
ourselves, and reposition them and build 
a portfolio. We'd make a great team." 

They formed Berman Kapplcr, Inc. in 
1995. They've bought Pocono (ireen 
Shopping Onter in Richmond, Willow 
Oaks Center in Hampton, Virginia, and 
the Ross Building, a 17-story 275,000 sq. 
ft. office building vvith a 300-car park in 
downtown Richmond. 

In February last year, they bought the 
Aquia Towne Center in Stafford, 
Virginia, a 240,000 sq. ft. shopping 
center — which they acquired in part by 
trading its owner the Ross Building. ( Like 
trading Park Place for all of Monopoly's 
green properties with hotels.) The pair 
planned to develop Aquia into a family 
center, safe and attractive. But a buyer 
appeared with an offer they couldn't 
refuse. So the game continues. 

Berman and Deitsch are strong believ- 
ers in civic duty, two words that don't 
appear on Monopoly cards. "You have to 
give back," he says. "Many people helped 
me along the way, so even in my early 
years I tried to help." Jeff and Jackie have 
been involved with the Make a Wish 
Foundation and with Jubilee Fiousing, 
which provides job training and low- 
income housing for at-risk youth and 
their families in Washington. 

For Berman, Monopoly is a poor 
analogy of his career in real estate pur- 
chasing and selling, which has offered 
him rich opportunities to give back. Fie 
sees beyond the Monopoly board, to 
many who never get past GO, who never 
"collect $200." 



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QUINTESSENTIAL 
VILLAGER 



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A developer planted firmly in Virginia 
real estate is Roy B. Amason '69BA/B, 

voted Virginia's 1998 Builder of the Year 
by his peers. With 26 years of experience, 
Amason has developed more than 50 
subdivisions in the Richmond area. Fie 
spread out a bit with Richmond FFill, 15 
lots near the historic section of 
Williamsburg where houses sell from 
$750,000 to $2.5 million. And, he's not 
only developed his own projects, but 
lobbied for the needs of builders and 
homeovmers as president of the 4,500- 



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member Home Builders Association of 

Virginia (HBAV). 

Creativity, essential to success, is equal 
to a positive attitude in Amason's book of 
how-tos. "Don't criticize, aindemn or 
complain," Amason told the Virginia 
Builder, "If you don't have wjmething 
positive to add, get out of the kitchen. I 
tend to tune out the criticism, the con- 
demning and complaining," he contin- 
ued. "I just pay attention to those who 
come up with positive ideas." 

Amason's openness to possibilities is a 
kind of expansive glee that leads him on. 
With "my strong foundation at VCU 
thanks to all the great professors such as 
Jackie Williams in accounting, Russ 
Parker and John Lambert in manage- 
ment, Jeriy Ferguson in real estate." 

Amason started out as a realtor. He 
became a broker, and then a builder. He 
was doing very well with single-family 
subdivisions, but he didn't stop there. His 
newest community in progress. Cross 
Point, north of Richmond, encompasses 
office buildings, a restaurant, an assisted 
living center and single-family homes, as 
well as townhomes and apartments. His 
insights can take him offsite as well. 
Wben he developed Windsor on the 
James in Henrico County, he donated a 
million-dollar home as the Richmond 
Symphony Designer House. "We raised 
$65,000 for the Symphony before selling 
the home," he says. 

An undeveloped lot is an abomination 
in the sight of man, or this one, any^vay. 
The next gleam in his eye is SoutherhTi, 
to be "a large planned community of 640 
acres, near Varina, east of Richmond. 
Along with 1,400 homes, we're develop- 
ing a shopping center, day care, schools 
and parks, an 18-hole golf course, assisted 
and elderly care, single family, townhous- 
es and apartments," he says cheerily. 
"And to assure we presen'e the rural envi- 
ronment, almost forty percent of the 
land — 240 acres — will be green space." It 
will take $6 million in offsite de\'elop- 
ment, he adds, to widen roads, extend 
sewer and water lines, add traffic control 
and landscape properly, before any onsite 
building. 

WTien Amason extends his consider- 
able energies to the profession, the chal- 
lenges home in on him like heat-seeldng 
missiles. He was president of the 
Richmond Homebmlders Association in 
1992 — the year of the notorious "shrink- 
svveU" problem in houses in BrandermiU 
and \N'oodlake southwest of Richmond. 
The homes were built on land that con- 

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tracted and expanded with weather and 
humidity, structurally damaging ntany of 
them. Homeowners blamed buildert, 
realtfjrs and c^junty inspectors. "So I 
spent the whole year dealing with that. 
.Sow we have systems set up U) avoid it" 
Amasfjn was president of the Home 
Builders Association of Virginia 'HBAV) 
in 1997 — another "unusual year. The 
Asstjciation's executive officer had left, 
and "I did both jobs for eight months 
with very capable experienced staff, and 
we had a terrific year." 

Amas^jn's primary ajncem for 
Virginia is finding the funding to rejuve- 
nate aging infrastructures and build new- 
ones. "With new industries coming in, 
like Motorola/Seimens and Capital One, 
Virginia's looking to grow. We have to 
make sure we have things in place." 
Builders' fees for new-home constnictkm 
do not cover the new schools, streets, 
sewer and water lines that neighborhoods 
need, he says. He's convinced that "cities, 
counties and towns will have to work in 
coalition to make sure we have some 
broad-based funding for infrastructure, 
not just fees targeted to new home 
buyers." 

And then there's regulation. "With 
every new regulation comes new cost," he i 
explains. "The government jumps in, and 
jumps in, and jumps in. \\'e make sure 
they don't get carried away." In the 1997 
session of the General Assembly, .Amason 
feels that he was able "to work with gov- 
ernment, so that the housing indusoy 
and homebuyers were protected." 

For Amason, his real career success 
is being a citizen of the village, the 
"intangible rewards of good friends, 
from governors and legislators to home- 
builders, suppliers, engineers and county 
employees, to citizens of this great 
Commonwealth who all support, 
educate and grow with me. It makes 
my life a happy life." I 

So, just ^^ithin this small circle of VCU 
alumni we find tlie expertise to plan, 
finance and build our viflage and keep it 
going. And, in their outi ways, nith their 
01*71 skills, they ha\-e all "done it better. " 

Debbie Carey is a freelance writer and a 
teacher who lives in Fredericksburg. 



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BY LINDA MILLS 'STMFA/H&S 



»?;. :^ii ■.iMv- ; 



I Every day, headlines proclaim that 

managed-care "cost-cutting" measures 

are sending the quality of American 

,^ health care spiraling downward. 

Stories profile people whose insurance 

'< won't pay for the care they need, 

hospitals where procedures have gone awry, 

clinics with barely enough staff 

to keep the doors open. 

NONE OF THIS NEWS IS GOOD-- 

not for the health care industry, 

_^ not for providers, 

and certainly not for patients. 



Patrick C. Kelly '72BS/E is the founder 
and CEO of Physician Sales and 
ServiceAVorld Medical Inc. (PSS), a "hyper- 
growth" company that grew to a giant in its 
field in the first 10 years and boasts revenues 
of $ 1 .3 billion. Kelly won the Horatio Alger 
Award last year, and his success seems due as 
much to life's set-backs and struggles as to his 
pluck. 

Kelly grew up as the youngest resident at 
the Virginia Home for Boys in Richmond. As 
a young man, he was accepted to VCU, but 
didn't apply himself and flunked out his fiirst 
year. He was drafted and served in the Army's 
Supply Corps in Vietnam. From all of his 
experience, he learned the value of determi- 
nation, persistence, initiative, and mistakes — 
lessons that served him well when he 
returned to the States. Kelly gives back with 
college scholarships for boys from his ahna 
mater. Sales ft'om his book, Faster Company, 
go to the Boys Home Foundation, which 
supports homes for children across the 
country. Kelly contributed hundreds of 
pallets of medical supplies to Central America 
in the aftermath of Hurricane Mitch this fall. 
As a board member of Mercy Ship, a floating 
charitable hospital, his commitment to third- 
world countries is ongoing. 

When he returned fi-om Vietnam, Kelly 
was focused. He reapplied to VCU and 
finished a four-year program in less than 
three years. With a fresh degree in pre-med 
(biology education), but also married with a 
child on the way, Kelly decided against the 
typical path to medical school. "I joined a 
medical supply company," Kelly recalls. "I 
learned the business, learned that each 
customer has different needs." 

That's the niche Kelly capitalized on with 
PSS. He recognized that doctors in private 
practice did not have die same needs as a fiill- 
scale hospital or a nursing home. So from a 
U-haul truck, he personally delivered 
supplies — syringes, strep test kits, examina- 



BUT two VCU alumni are embracing the idea of cutting costs 

with the patient in mind. 



tion gowns — to physicians, offering them 
same-day delivery, a service extraordinary in 
the business. No other company could 
match it. 

By identifying this need, Kelly has not 
only built a successful business — three divi- 
sions, 4,000 employees, 95 dfstribution 
centers — he also is helping doctors and 
patients save money. His business also cuts 
cost by sharing profits and responsibilities 
with employees. Every truck driver has 
"CEO" on a business card, and at least one of 
them has half a million in stock. Sales reps 
have micro computers packed with customer 
records and financial and operational specs 
on equipment PSS sells. Truckers can make 
changes the customer needs. Sales people 
have the authority to sell by historical price, 
gross margin, or any other method; they can 
tell a physician how fast a blood analyzer will 
pay for itself. And people are allowed to make 
mistakes, encouraging initiative and innova- 
tion. 

"Our quick turnaround on supplies has 
taken the inventory cost out for doctors in 
private practice," Kelly says. "And now that 
lab equipment has gotten smaller and easier 
to use, doctors can do a lot more testing in 
the office. Our representatives can help the 
physicians learn how to use the equipment 
and diagnostic tools. That helps doaors keep 
income in the 
practice." It also 
saves the patient 
from having to 
travel to a differ- 
ent facility for 
tests, and saves 
them (and insur- 
ance companies) 
the extra money 
that a specialized 
facility would 
charge. 

An example of the newest technology that 
PSS can provide for physicians is a device that 
uses ultrasound to measure bone density in a 
woman's heel. The scan can be done in a 
doctor's office in thirty seconds. If the results 
show no evidence of osteoporosis, women at 
low risk for it can avoid more accurate and 
precise but also more expensive tests for bone 
density at the spine and hip. Other doctor's- 
office technology just entering the market is a 
hand-held ultrasound machine and a heat- 
sensitive pad that can make an initial screen 
for breast tumors. 

"People in this country are going to want 
better and better care as the population ages. 
There is a lot of technology out there that will 
help people," says Kelly. "And to get it to 




Patrick C. Kelly 



them, it will have to be cost-effedive." 

Dr. Paul Just '78BS/P is a health econo- 
mist who uses technology to save mont7 for 
medical professionals and coasumers. "We 
u.se mathematical modeling to look at disease 
management, putting in a series of numbers 
to compare costs of new therapies to conven- 
tional treatments," he explains. 

Although Just became interested in the 
details of drug therapy and using it efficiently 
while working on his pharmacy degree at the 
MCV Campus, "It's taken turns I didn't 
expect. The concepts I practice now in phar- 
macoeconomics didn't exist then." After his 
BS, he earned a pharmacy doctorate from the 
Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and 
Science and did his clinical pharmacy resi- 
dency at the University of Illinois Hospital. 
He's a board certified pharmacotherapy spe- 
cialist, a professional who focuses on thera- 
peutic applications of pharmacological 
products. 

Last August, he started a new job at Baxter 
Healthcare Corporation, the principal U.S. 
subsidiary of Baxter International, a global 
medical products and services company that 
focuses on critical therapies for life-threaten- 
ing conditions. "It's a 

significant change," he comments, "a move 
from the providers' point of view to 
industry." Just is Director of Health 
Economics in the Therapy Planning and 
Development Group for Baxter's Renal 
Division. He will be working with health 
policy makers in Europe and Asia; we spoke 
to him just before he left for Korea and Japan. 

"Baxter is a world leader in peritoneal 
dialysis and hemodialysis equipment for 
people in kidney failure," he says. The peri- 
toneal dialysis system is home-based, which 
allows a more normal life to people wth the 
disease; hemodialysis is usually done in 
clinics. Both kinds of dialysis are alternatives 
to a kicbey transplant, or maintenance while 
someone is waiting for a transplant. "With 
the peritoneal dialysis, people can even go on 
vacation. Baxter can deliver the solution 
anywhere." 

Just will represent Baxter in certain dis- 
cussions with health polio' makers in other 
countries. "We'U be talking about reimbiu-se- 
ment issues, and overall costs. The peritoneal 
system is less expensive — although it isn't the 
right medical decision for some patients — so 
there may be sa\ings in dialwis care." Just 
adds that acceptance of peritoneal dial)'sis 
varies \videly in different countries. "In Japan, 
the rate of use is only 5 percent; in Mexico, 
it's 90 percent. With the home-based dialpis, 
we want to be sure there's information and a 
fair balance of access." He \\ill also be helping 




Dr. Paul Just 



Baxter put (xiinomk components into future 
clinical trials. 

Just's experience led to hi* current job — 
an unusual position for a pharmadsL He had 
been leading the clinical phzrmacy area (ur 
Premier, the largest healthcare alliaiKC in the 
ajuntry. Premier provides a variety of hospi- 
tals and healthcare fkilitiei with services irj 
help them reduce a>sts, develop integrated 
delivery systems, manage technology and 

share knowledge, 
so Just brought a 
broad back- 
ground 
to Baxter. 

Heanda 
team of 
PharmDsat 
Premier were 
developing a 
medication event 
reporting system 
with a national, 
standardized database to help identify and 
correct the reasons behind adverse drug reac- 
tions and medication errors. Errors like 
ordering or prescribing the wTong drug, or 
administering the wrong dose. "A high P^- 
centage of patients have problems with med- 
ication," says Just The cost of induced treat- 
ment complications is high for the healthcare 
system." 

In the Premier project, "We wanted to 
identify systems with processes that produce 
the feivest number of e\'ents [errors] and 
compare them to systems with higher rates. 
Then we'd see what could be done to decrease 
the higher rate. 

"The field of pharmacoeconomics is onh' 
now coming into maturity," Just continues. 
"There's been a natural progression among 
health care professionals fi'om product assess- 
ment to total care assessment" Drugs are just 
one component of the e\'aluation of the cost 
of caring for a patients disease. "We can't just 
look at drug purchases. We have to look at 
how they are selected and used." M Premier, 
Just talked \\ith doctors about why the\- pre- 
scribed certain medications over others. One 
drug may cost 20 percent more than another: 
but it would reduce doctor \Tsits from six 
times a year to three times, so overall costs are 
less. 

"The most satisfiiTng part of my job," sa\3 
Just "is putting together work that people can 
benefit from. Sa\ing mone\- can increase 
access to better therapies." 

Linda Mills is a freelance writer in 
Richmond, chasing one-year-old Ian and 

polishing a tiovcl 



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*Member of the VCU Alumni 
Association 

1 940s 

Anne Fischer '44MSW was 

honored by the Richmond YWCA in 
June 1998 as a community buUder, 
cited for her work and example 
toward empowering women and 
eliminating racism. Because they were 
Jewish, Anne and her family — her 
husband Ernst and their children 
George and Eva — fled Nazi Germany 
in 1935 to the U.S. They became U.S. 
citizens in 1940. That year, Anne 
began work with the Jewish 
Commimity Council, helping Jewish 
immigrants find jobs and housing. 
She taught on the social work faculty 
at RPI, and fi-om 1952-68 returned to 
Germany to teach social workers 
there. She has received many awards, 
including Outstanding Alumna of the 
School of Social Work, and in 1996 
the Lifetime Community Service 
Award of the Jewish Federation of 
Richmond. 

1 950s 

Carol (Foils) Bamett '57BFA 

writes that she's "retired — and having 
fun — in fact my whole life has been 
fun." She lives in West CHffe, CO. 

Ed Peeples '57BS/E and his wife 
Karen adopted a Vietnamese baby girl 
in 1996, soon after he retired ft-om the 
faculty of VCU's Public Health 
Administration Department. When 
Karen (then in her late 30s) first sug- 
gested it, Ed, nearly 60 and father of 
three grown children already, was 
dubious. But life with 3-year-old 
CamUle is still a joy. "After my first 
day vrith CarruUe, it was exactly like it 
was with my other three children. It's 
just magic." 

1 960s 

Jeanette Braggs '68BS/H&S 

earned a Master of Divinity from 
Union Theological Seminary — 
Presbyterian School of Christian 
Education in Richmond. She lives in 
Lexington, VA. 



Harry Duke '69BS '75MEd/E is a 

history teacher at Heritage High 
School in Atlanta. He lives in 
Jonesboro, GA. 

Robin Eddy '67BS/E is a market- 
ing teacher and DECA advisor at 
Clarke County High School. She lives 
in Winchester, VA. 

Thomas O'Brien '68BS/B is an 
engineering technician with Henrico 
County Public Utilities Department. 
He lives in Glen Allen, VA. 

*Heath Rada '67BSW is the CEO 
of die Greater Richmond Chapter of 
the American Red Cross. Heath 
received a 1998 Humanitarian Award 
from the National Conference of 
Community and Justice. 

*George Rand '68BS/B was 
appointed assistant vice president of 
investments with NationsBank 
Investments, Inc., die brokerage firm 
affiliated witii NationsBank. He lives 
in Harrisonburg, VA. 

Daniel Small '65BS/B is an 
attorney as well as an associate profes- 
sor of accounting at J. Sargeant 
Reynolds Commimity College. He 
lives in Richmond. 

Barbara (Beville) Smith '66BS/E 
received a PhD in Education from 
Virginia Tech. She is a visiting teacher 
and a school psychologist for the 
Washington County Schools and lives 
in Abingdon, VA. 

Stanley Sweeney '65BFA is presi- 
dent and creative director of Sweeney 
and Farrow, Inc., an advertising 
agency that he formed in 1987. He 
lives in Richmond. 

Wesley Terry Jr. '68BS 
'80MS/H8cS was promoted to chief 
deputy, with the rank of lieutenant 
colonel, of the Henrico County 
Sheriffs Office. A thirty-year police 
veteran, Wes lives in Richmond. 

*Milton Woody '67BS/E is dean 
for enrollment services at St. Louis 
Community College in St. Louis, MO. 
He lives in Florissant, MO. 

1970s 

Janet M. Aptaker '76BFA has 

moved to NYC, where she'U continue 
to hone her skills as a therapist, 
"including NPL and solution-focused 



therapy. I'm in the phone book and 
would love to hear from classmates in 
NYC!" 

Kathleen Barrett '71BS '73MS/B 
is vice president for financial develop- 
ment at the American Red Cross in 
Richmond. 

John "Jack" Baskin '72BS/B was 
unanimously voted finance director 
for Warren County School Board. He 
lives in Charlottesville, VA. 

"Tim Beacham '78BS/MC is die 
producer of TV news magazine 
Dateline NBC. He lives in New York 
City. 

Jennie Brown '78MFA/A is exec- 
utive dkertor of SPARC (School of 
the Performing Arts in Richmond's 
Community). She lives in Richmond. 

Stuart Burton '79BS/B worked 
for Best Products for sixteen years. He 
is now the manager of merchandise 
payables at Heilig-Myers. He and his 
wife Connie live in Short Pump. Their 
yard has been certified a natural 
backyard habitat by die National 
Wildlife Federation. 

Janet Chenoweth '76BFA gave 
birth to twin girls, Eva and Nina, on 
August 7, 1998. She lives in 
Richmond. 

Cheryl Claiborne '77BFA is a 
merchandise manager for VF- 
Wrangler and lives in Greensboro, 
NC. 

Uoyd Conley Jr. '75BS/H&S is 
the vice president of Crestar Bank and 
lives in Midlothian, VA. 

Gretchen (Unterzuber) Cosgrove 
'72MEd is a teacher at Meadowbrook 
High School and lives in Midlothian, 
VA. 

Bonnie (Pulley) Currie '73BS/B 
is director of volimteers for HM 
Healtii Services at St. Elizabetii Health 
Center, in Youngstown, OH. She lives 
in Canfield, OH. 

William DeRusha '76BS/B 
chaired die 36di Annual Humani- 
tarian Awards Dinner sponsored 
by the National Conference of 
Community and Justice. He is 
chairman oftheboardand CEO 
of Heilig-Meyers. He lives in 
OilviUe, VA. 

Susan (Richardson) Dnunwright 
'71MSW earned an MA in Christian 
Education from Union Theological 
Seminary — Presbyterian School of 
Christian Education. She lives in 
Richmond. 

Kenneth Ender'73BS/B 
'88PhD/E was unanimously elected 
to die presidency of Cumberland 
County College, in Vineland, NJ. 
He Uves in Bridgeton, NJ. 

Charlotte Fischer '71BS/B is 
chair, president and CEO of Paul 



Harris Stores, Inc., a national 
women's apparel chain with head- 
quarters in Indianapolis. She received 
the Sagamore of the Wabash award, 
Indiana's highest honor for a private 
citizen. She was also the 1998 Alumni 
Star from the School of Business. 

Paul Fleisher '75MEd received 
die Thomasjefferson Medal for out- 
standing contributions to science 
education from the Virginia Museum 
of Natural History. He teaches at 
Binford Middle School in Richmond, 
and his books for children include 
subjects like ecology, physical science 
and natural history. 

■♦Mike Gamble '78BA/H8cS is a 
Lieutenant Colonel in the United 
States Air Force. He has begun a one- 
year torn- as a stadent at the Air War 
College, in Alabama. Mike and his 
wife *Susan (Garbee) Gamble 
'78BFA live in Montgomery, AL. 

Patricia (Coggin) Gilbert 
'77BME is a website designer and 
progranmier for her family's intemet 
business, clee.com, inc. Trish and her 
husband Michael have two sons. Glee, 
1 1 and Cody Joe, 5. They live in 
Stoneville, NC. 

Denis Harrington '76BFA is 
director of die Alice F. and Harris K. 
Weston Art Gallery in tiie Aronoff 
Center. He lives in Cincinnati. 

*E. Larry Hohnan '79BS/B is vice 
president and national sales manager 
for Wilson-Daniels, LTD, a sales and 
marketing company for premium fine 
wines and spirits. He lives in Napa, 
CA. 

Edward James Jenkins Jr. 
'75BS/H8cS, after a 22-year break 
from policing, returned as Police 
Chief in Craigsville, VA. He complet- 
ed the Basic Law Enforcement 
Academy, Option B, at Central 
Shenandoah Criminal Justice 
Training Academy in November, 
1996. 

Daniel Karnes '79MSW earned 
an MS in Public Administration from 
Virgmia Tech in May 1998. He was 
also promoted to the rank of lieu- 
tenant colonel in the Army Reserves. 
He lives in Roanoke, VA. 

Joe Kirk '79MBA, who has 
worked for Philip Morris for 20 years, 
has been appointed manager for the 
company's international facility in 
Malang, Indonesia. 

*Janet Lenz '76BS/H&S and her 
husband Bob Reardon co-authored 
The Self-Direaed Search and 
Related Holland Career Material: A 
Practitioner's Guide. Janet is associate 
director of die Career Center of 
Florida State University in 
Tallahassee, where they live. 



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George I^vc III '73BS/MC 
'H4C/B i,s an acuiunling manager lor 
the Virginia IJcpartmcnt ofTrcasury. 
I If lives in Richmond. 

David Meade '75BFA is the 
supervisor of nctu^ork support lor 
Franklin Templeton Ooup. I le lives 
in Fort I^udcrdalc, M. 

*Roland Minton '77BS/H&S, a 
professor of mathematics at Roanoke 
College, received its 1998 Dean's 
Council Award for Exemplary 
Teaching. 

*JohnMongerIir72BS/Bisa 
purchasing agent with Monger and 
Sons, a family-owned business for 
over 75 years. He lives on a farm near 
Mount Crawford, VA. 

•Paul Murman '74BS '89MTax/B 
is a partner and CPA with Mitchell, 
Wiggins and Company, LLP. He 
serves on the American Institute of 
Certified Public Accountants' 
Accounting and Review Services 
Committee. Paul lives in Chester, VA. 

•Shirley Neitch '73BS/H&S 
'77MD is a professor of medicine 
and chief of geriatrics at Marshall 
University School of Medicine. She is 
the co-editor of a textbook. Becoming 
a Clinician: A Primer for Students, 
published by McGraw Hill. Shirley 
lives in Wayne, WV. 

Christine Land Netteberg 
'77H&S is a realtor with Coldwell 
Banker Burnet. She lives in Falcon 
Heights, MN. 

Patricia Steinmetz O'Bannon 
'71BS/E is the first woman to be 
elected to the Board of Supervisors in 
Henrico County. The Tuckahoe 
District Supervisor will serve as chair 
in 1999 — another first. She was a 
teacher at Douglas Freeman High 
School in Richmond, and has also 
been a journalist and a political 
fundraiser. She and her husband Dr. 
John O'Bannon III '73MD have two 
sons and a daughter 



Deborah (Mostr) Payne '79BMF, 

is a technical trainer with Kaylel 
Cardiac .Services in Forest I lilK, NY. 
She was named to VV/iu's VWjo in 
Medicine and Who's Who in l-inunce 
and Industry. Deborah is al.so a free- 
lance trombonist She lives in 
Philadelphia. 

Ronald Payne '79BS/E, a former 
V(>U basketball player, is the boy's 
ba.sketball coach at Atlce High .School 
in Mechanicsville, VA. Fie lives in 
Richmond. 

J. "Randy" Porter '79ME<i retired 
after 1 7 years of teaching special 
education. He wrote an outdoor 
column for the Staunton Daily Leader, 
and his articles have appeared in 
Rider, Bicycling and other magazines. 
He wrote Cyclist in the Shenandoah 
Valley, which sold as far away as 
Japan. His second book, Mountain 
Bike! Virginia, was published by 
Menasha Ridge Press last year, and 
he's working on another. Randy lives 
in the Shenandoah Valley with his 10- 
year-old son, Chris. 

•Raymond Ranelli '70BS/B is the 
global leader of financial advisory 
services for the newly merged 
Coopers & Lybrand and Price 
Waterhouse firms. Ray was 1998 
School of Business Alumnus of the 
Year, honored for his career achieve- 
ments and his personal commitment 
to the School. He lives in McLean, VA 

Steve Reed '77BS/MC is a senior 
copywriter for Brieriey & Partners in 
Los Angeles, CA Squibb. She Uves in 
Newport News. 

Charles Rugar '79BS/E is a finan- 
cial advisor for American Express 
Financial Advisors. Charles earned his 
MBA fi-om the College of William 
and Mary in 1993 and lives in 
Richmond. 

Robert Sachs '74BA/H&S is a 
staffing specialist with CUNA Mutual 
Group and lives in Richmond. 



•Moira Saucer '78BA/H&S is 

director of public relalJon.s forTh* 
Sugar A.ss<)ciation, Inc. She alw writes 
a monthly column on health and 
nutrition for Great Life! magazine. 
She lives in I akoma Park, MD. 

Phillip Sager73BS/MC is a 
visiting management professor at 
Delaware State University for 1998- 
99. 1 le lives in Baltimore, MD. 

Betty (Maggard) Settle '70BS/E 
wai the 1 998-99 Teacher of the Year 
at Windsor Oaks Elementary School, 
where she leaches third grade. She 
lives in Virginia Beach. 

•Boyd Smith 76BS/B is president 
of RE/MAX Gjmmonwealth Group. 
The Richmond Association of 
Realtors named him 1997 Realtor of 
the Year. He lives in Richmond. 

Bruce Robert Wagner 
'78BS/H8(S earned his .MEd in 
Audiology from James Madison 
University in 1982, and is president 
of Wagner Hearing Aid Centers in 
Charlottesville, VA. 

Richard 'Rick' Weaver '78MS/B 
is the general manager for BARC 
Electric Cooperative. He previously 
worked for Virginia Power for 27 
years. Rick, his wife Donna '84BS/B 
and their children Mackenzie, and 
Kara live in Rice, VA. 

1 980s 

David Francis Alexick '64BFA 
'66MFA/A recently toured London, 
Paris, and Amsterdam looking at art. 
He also spent three weeks in Greece 
"to see as much of Greek art and 
architecture as possible, especially 
images of women in the ancient 
worid." 

George Bailey '89MBA is director 
of economic development for Prince 
George County. He graduated from 
the Economic Development histitute 
in April, 1998. 



HarvtyBakari >;",'* - 
interpreter of the/: 
experience v,>' 
Williamsbur; 
.S'cws. 

Edward Bajt)CT'89.SUyJ 
of two 1998 alumni initia- 
by VCU's chafrter of \mjtuj: ^ 
Phi Kappa Phi. Fie has taught demert- 
tary physical education in Chctterfield 
County Public Schools since 1982 and 
has chaired the Education Steering 
Ojmmittee of the Virginia 
Association of Counties. He b serving 
his seoind term on the Chesterfidd 
County Board of Supervivjrs. 

Edward Bdardo '88BS/H&S is a 
specialist with Goldman, Sachs & G>. 
and lives in .Vcw York City. 

Beverly Tys-Berson '81 .MSVV' 
(formerly Waldo) has been director 
of Youth Haven II since 1984. 
She married Joseph Berson on 
.May 25, 1 997. The couple lis'es in 
Roanoke, \'A. 

Sharon Bjorldund 'g9BS/B is the 
business territory manager with 
Bristol Myers- Squibb. She Uves in 
.Newport News. 

JefFery Blidc '86BS/HS is an assis- 
tant professor of anthropologs' at 
Georgia College and State Unisersity 
and lives in .MiUedgesille, GA. He 
earned his .MS and PhD in anthropol- 
ogy from the UniveTsitv- of Pittsburgh. 

Monique Braxton '81 BS 
'84MS/MC is the anchor for MS-NBC 
in Secaucus, NT. She w:as named a dis- 
tinguished woman of PritKe William 
County, VA. .Monique is engaged to 
Shawn Fordliam, and thes' plan to 
marry in 1999. 

Beverly Brookshire '87MS/AH is 
director of adolescent services at the 
.McLeod .addictive Disease Center in 
Charlotte, NC where she li\es. 

Christy (Kidd) Brown '89BFA b 
a freelance graphic designer for 
Brown Marketing. Inc Christ)- and 




CAPITAL OIE 



It was a capital event for VCU alumni. More than 100 people enjoyed an after-work reception in 
December at Capital One at Innsbruck, with Dr. E.G. Miller, acting dean of the business school, and 
VCU President Eugene Irani. Capital One employee Marty Wilson '87BS/B and Chief Infomiation 
Officer Jim Donehey welcomed VCU to Capital One. Andy Hulcher '8485/8 talked about what a good 
education VCU had given him, the contacts he'd made who helped his business, and how much he 
enjoyed working on the Alumni Association Board. "It's time," he urged fellow alumni, 'to give 
something back." President Irani took Andy's challenge and ran with it telling alums how important 
their support is to VCU. Dr. Jack Haar, vice president for graduate studies, answered many ques- 
tions about programs. 

A DJ and a VCU trivia contest kept the mood light. Winners walked away with VCU hats, basket- 
ball tickets and t-shirts. Dr. Jean Gasen, a VCU associate professor of information systems who has 
a one-year internship at Capital One, helped to organize the event The company's FT University and 
an energetic group of VCU alumni working at Capital One planned activities and provided marketing 
support. More than 250 VCU alumni are Capital One employees. 



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» Colonel RusseU Heath '85MS(CLS)/AH 









BY DEBBIE CAREY ■98MA/H81S 

Colonel Russell "Skip" Heath easily fits the profile of a "man behind the men" 
epic protagonist. He just might be a prime candidate for an Oliver Stone movie. 
Heath's career maintains all the required subplots: he's a medical systems tech 
wizard behind the scenes of our most technologically oriented military engage- 
ment to date — Desert Storm. He maintains a relatively low public profile, but has 
risen steadily in rank withintheOfficeofthe Assistant Secretary of Defense— a 
very prestigious ladder. He led several enormous technological conversions which 
have rippled optic Lines from Texas to Southwest Asia. 

Captain Heath arrived in the Department of Medical Technology (now 
Clinical Laboratory Science) in fall, 1982 with little knowledge of computers. His 
graduate stadies on the MCV Campus introduced him to electronics, computers 
and computer applications, which led to his Master's thesis, A Computer 
Program to Improve Data Input and Handling of the College of American 
Pathology Workload Report. His solutions were impressive, and the Air Force noticed. 

After graduation he was transferred into the Air Force Surgeon General's Information Systems Fellowship Program. 
He and his wife, Susan Bowman-Heath '85 MS(CLS)/AH, moved to Brooks Air Force Base in San Antonio. From 1987- 
90, he redesigned and automated the Air Force's medical reference laboratory, creating a worldwide logistics support and 
diagnostic computer network. For this project, he was named the 1990 Air Force Medical Systems Officer of the Year. 

At that time," said Heath, "military medical facilities didn't have standard computer systems. So, I implemented the 
Veterans' Administration's computer system, with some critical modifications that delivered immediate success. That 
system is still in use at the laboratory today." 

On 2 August 1990, Sadam Hussein invaded Kuwait, an event that changed Heath's future. On 31 August 1990, Heath 
signed into Headquarters, U.S. European Command, Stattgart, Germany, as the director of European Theater (which 
includes the Near and Middle East) medical information systems for the Department of Defense from 1990-95. It was a 
time of critical challenges to military medical afiiurs. The end of the Cold War led to a massive reduction in force; U.S. 
troops in Europe dropped from 375,000 to 100,000. Desert Storm and Bosnia demanded young soldiers and the medical 
facilities and technology to support proper health care delivery. As soldiers and mihtary weaponry poured into Saudi 
Arabia, Heath, from his Stuttgart headquarters, led the behind-the-scenes project to duplicate in Europe the systems he 
had created in the United States. Except that now, battles raged, communications were threatened daily, and mobile 
hospital units were rising like fleas from the sands. 

Heath was responsible for initiating and maintaining medical computer support and communications for 65 perma- 
nent medical facilities and dozens of mobile units from Iceland to Turkey. Many of them were tent hospitals or hospitals 
on shipboard. While we all remember Desert Storm for its incredibly low American mortality rate— under 400— few 
realize that thousands became sick or injured. Heath's computer program followed sick and injured casualties, 1 1,000 of 
them, from triage, to diagnosis, to initial treatment, to referral. The computers linked Saudi Arabia to Europe so that 
Europe could book beds, surgeons and hospitals as people were airlifted out. 

Again, as NATO and U.S. troops were called in for support in Bosnia, Heath and his program continued to monitor 
and provide care for troops who needed medical assistance. Those computer systems remain, supporting troops there 
today. 

Now, Colonel Heath, director of Planning and Performance Management, OSD, Health Affairs, spends his days in the 
Skyline section of Falls Church, Virginia. He has gone from daily crisis management to managing the daily health of the 
Armed Forces and their famihes. (And to following his own children, Tyler, 12, and Emily, 1 1, from soccer, to scouts, to 
church activities.) Instead of providing emergency "triage on technology," he focuses his competence on initiating strategic 
and tactical medical information system plans for DOD Health Affairs' ftiture, and executing key programs in benefits 
management, immunization tracking, and an integrated planning, scheduMng and reporting system. 

In a 20-year military career, which has taken Heath all over the world and up to the rank of Colonel, what is most 
important to him? 

"The work we did in the European Theater from 1993-95. There we had the greatest impact on improving military 
headi care delivery by installing consolidated hospital information systems and essential telecommunications." He explains 
diat because computer systems were made compatible with U.S. Health Affairs systems, casualties could be quickly tracked 
and med-evaced, especially out of Bosnia. "This had the largest impact on health care delivery." 

So, Oliver Stone, what do you think? After producing Gardens of Stone about the men behind the men of the Vietnam 
War, how about a movie about the man behind the men of Desert Stonn? A protagonist who fights with computers 
instead of guns, who impacts the lives of hundreds of thousands of people who never know him and probably won't ever 
hear of him, who yet remains a humble servant of the Air Force? It's a natural. 

But Heath doesn't have to wait for Stone. The School of Allied Health Professions has akeady chosen him as their 
Alumni Star for 1998. 

Debbie Carey is a freelance writer in Fredericksburg, teaching at Germana Community College. 



her husband Christopher live in 
Richmond with their children 
Harmah Marie and loseph Alexander. 

Susan Butterworth '84MS 
'92PhD/E is director of weUness 
sendees for the Occupational Health 
Program at Oregon Health Sciences 
University. She lives in Portland. 
»Karen Carr '83BS/E '86MS 
'89PhD/H8;S is a ftill-time mission- 
ary, providing crisis intervention for 
traumatized missionaries in Africa 
and other parts of the worid. 

*Barbara Richardson Celli 
'81BSW '82MSW works for the 
District 19 Community Services 
Board in Petersburg, VA. She lives in 
Richmond. 

^Victoria Cobbs-Echols '85BS/B 
is an account executive with Travelers 
Property Casualty. Her son, Jonathan 
1. Echols II, was bom on May 26, 
1998. She lives in Penis, CA. 

Douglas L Davis '89MS/H8£S is 
Major of the Uniform Bureau of the 
Williamsburg Police Department. 

Tambra "Tammy" Driscoll 
'87BSW is a senior utilization review 
analyst with the Virginia Department 
of Medical Assistance Services. She 
lives in Mechanicsville, VA. 

Mary-LesUe Duty '84MS/H&S 
earned her law degree from the 
University of Richmond in 1988, and 
is a partner of Duty, Duty & Gay in 
Chesterfield, VA. In 1995 she married 
Michael Emmons, a magistrate in 
Colonial Heights, VA. 

Hazel Trice Edney '84BA/H8fS is 
working on a master's degree at 
Harvard University's John F. Kennedy 
School of Government. She holds the 
William S. Wasserman Fellowship in 
the Press, Politics and Public Duty. 

Cherry Evans '85BS/MC is 
manager of the Public Relations and 
Promotions Division of the 
Department of Aviation. She was 
awarded die U.S. Department of 
Transportation and Federal Aviation 
Administration — Eastern Region's 
Certificate of Appreciation for out- 
standing work with the state's aviation 
promotion program. She lives in 
Richmond. 

Nancy (Coggeshall) Everett 
'83BS/B is the chief investment officer 
for the Virginia Retirement System's 
$29 billion pension fund for state 
employees. Everett became a financial 
andyst after joining VRS 20 years ago. 
"It was a ton more interesting ti:ian 
computer programming." 

Jane Everson '89PhD/E is an 
associate professor at Louisiana State 
University's Medical Center. At the 
August, 1998 graduation ceremony, 
she received LSU's first annual Faculty 
Excellence in Teaching Award. Jane 



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lives in New Orleans and can be 
reached at Jeverson@hdc.lsumc.cdu 
GIna Felix '86BS/MC is an 

account executive with liarher Martin 
& As,sociate.s and lives in Richmond. 

Cameron Forrester '82BGS, 
president and CEO of the Bank of 
Tazewell County, lives in Ta/.ewell, 
VA. 

Kimberly Golden '82MM is a 
visiting lecturer of choral and general 
music education at the University of 
Wisconsin-Oshkosh for 1998-99 and 
lives in Oshkosh. She presented her 
paper, "Singing the Way to Socially 
Appropriate Behavior: Combining 
the Principles of Music Education 
with Therapeutic Outcomes" at the 
First International Conference on 
Music in Human Adaptation in 
Roanoke, VA. Virginia Tech 
published her paper in Music in 
Human Adaptation. 

Myra Goodman Smith 
'82BS/H&S '84MPA was promoted 
to vice president of campaigns for 
United Way Services. She lives in 
Chesterfield, VA. 

*Harold Greenwald '82BM is an 
admissions counselor in VCU's Office 
of Graduate Admissions. He is 
engaged to Lisa Coker and lives in 
Chester, VA. 

Usabeth Guthrie '80BS/E is 
assistant director of government 
relations with the Virginia Education 
Association. She lives in New Kent, 
VA. 

Chuck Harper '88BS/B is a 
special agent with the FBI. Chuck 
and his wife Patty '96BS/N announce 
the birth of their first child, Theodore, 
in November 1997. The Harpers live 
in Maidand, FL. 

Lisa Harrah '88BSW is an admin- 
istrator at Mayfair House, an assisted 
living facility for the elderly. Mayfair 
House is in Kilmarnock, VA, where 
she hves. 

R. Clinton Haynie '81BS/B was 
promoted to lieutenant colonel in 
the U.S. Air Force. He is a systems 
engineer for the Advanced Technolo- 
gies Group at the U.S. Army War 
College in Carlisle, PA. 

Arthur Heinz '86BS/B is a self- 
employed insurance agent and lives in 
Chesterfield, VA. 

Julia Bennett Hendricks 
'89BS/H&S '92MS(RC)/AH is a social 
worker for Richmond's Family 
Violence Prevention Program, 
working with Nictims of domestic 
violence and child abuse and their 
families. 

Bill Humm '83BFA married Lori 
Blackmon '83BA/H8tS in September, 
1998 — 19 years after they met as 



freshmen in Johnson Hall. Bill is a 
self-employed multimedia designer, 
and l/)ri is pursuing a doctorate at 
V(;U. They live in Richmond. 

l^ura DeMarco Hunt '87BFA 
is a merchandise coordinator for 
Perry Ellis International. She and 
her husband Scott toured Italy in 
September, 1998. 'Ilie Hunts live 
in Arlington,VA. 

John Hurst '84BS/H8(S is the 
owner of Parallel (./imputing and 
lives in San Diego, (^A. 

Brain Jacobson'85BS/MC 
married Stacy Jacobson on May 9, 
1998. Fie is a video editor at the 
Mayo Clinic. The couple lives in 
Rochester, MN. 

W. Randolph Johnson Jr. 'S9KI 
H8(S was eleded to the Richmond 
City Council in May 1998 and has 
taken a stand against voting along 
racial lines. "I've been black a long 
time," Johnson says, "and the novelty 
has worn off. I'm trying to make a 
better life for all Richmonders." 

Neal Kauder '85BS '89MS/H&S 
is principal, VisualResearch, a con- 
sulting firm specializing in research, 
data analysis, and policy information 
design in Richmond. He was formerly 
a research associate with the National 
Center For State Courts in 
Williamsburg, VA, and a Senior 
Research Analyst with the Virginia 
Department of Criminal Justice 
Services. 

Michael Kent '89MS/MC is a 
senior technical writer with Electronic 
Data Systems Corporation. He Hves in 
Houston. 

Susan (Dunn) Kooch'88BS/B 
married Roland Kooch on May 
23,1998. She is a budget analyst for 
Richmond Public Schools. They live 
in Richmond. 

Larry Landes '84MEd is the prin- 
cipal at Wilson Memorial High 
School in Augusta County, VA. He 
hves in Mount Sidney, \'A. 

Elizabeth Lanham '85BS/B 
married Victor Calaman Jr. on 
June 23,1998. Elizabeth is a senior 
investment officer with Crestar 
Investment Group. The couple lives 
in Richmond. 

*Stuart Lawrence Jr. '84BA/H&S 
transferred to the Colorado Army 
National Guard to accept a position 
as an assistant professor of militan- 
science at the Universit)' of Colorado 
at Boulder. He is working on a 
doctorate in American history and 
lives in Longmont, CO. 

Connie Lee '89MSW earned an 
MA in Christian Education from 
Union Theological Seminary-PSCE 
inMav, 1998. 



Jerry l>ewL» '81 BS/MS L» executive 
director of communications for tlu: 
University of Miami in CoraJ Gabitt, 
FI, where he lives. 

Quenton Linyear '88BS/B 
married Susan Wells on July 18,1998, 
He works at Children's Hospital of 
the King's Daughters. The couple lives 
in Frederick, MD. 

Charles Lore '88BS/B earned the 
designation of chartered financial 
analyst. He is vice president of invest- 
ments at Paine Webber in .New York 
City, where he lives. 

Janet (GreerJ Marando '83BFA 
has established her own business, 
Dominion Design, which specializes 
in corporate and publishing accounts. 
She is married to Michael Marando 
and has two children, Bronte and 
Ben. The Marandos live in Sydney, 
Australia. 

Gary Martin '86BS/H8fS is chief 
of NASA's Technology and Planning 
Integration Office at Goddard Space 
Flight Center. Ellen Doran Martin 
'79BS/B is senior vice president of 
personnel at NationsBank. They live 
in Bowie, MD. 

Bonnie Matthews '85BFA is the 
illustrator of Annie Ate Apples, a 
children's picture book by Lpette 
Ruschak. She has illustrated several 
other picture books including. The 
Teacher from Outer Space and Bon 
Voyage. She lives in Baltimore. 

Larry Matthews '83BFA has been 
working as an artist and teaching art 
and design in Wanganui, New 
Zealand for five years. His own work 
is in book arts and conceptual art He 
recently invented Lattetude", a new 
coffee bowl, which he plans to 
market He has done design work for 
Operation Peace Through Unit)' and 
the U.N. Before mo\ing to Ne\v 
Zealand he was a graphic designer/art 
director at the National Zoo in DC. 

Terri (Brundage) McQelland 
'88MS/H86 is a science instructor 
\rith McDo\s'ell Technical Commu- 
nity College. Her second son, Jared 
Greyson Parker McQelland, \v'as bom 
August 7, 1998. Terri, her husband 
lames and their sons live in Black 
Mountain, NC. 

Peggy McCrerey '83MS/H8jS Ls 
executive direaor of the Hanover 
Habitat for Humanit\-. She is a realtor 
with Bowers, Nelms and Fomille and 
lives in Mechanics\ille, \'A. 

^Michael Miller 'SSMBAyB w^s 
appointed to the Board of \'isitors 
of N'irginia Pohtechnic Institute and 
State Universit}-. He is the owner of 
Michael G. Miller & .Associates, a 
real estate appraisal company in 
Richmond, where he lives. 



•PauJ Miller 'WfB^'^ 
wife Paige an rw/ur. 
their dau^Urr CJar : 
February 27, 1998. . 
in Richnvjnd. 

Smtt Mill* WBFA wr j s-,. 
.Media Award at th' 

Festival at Hunter O,..-,- 

York City. He live* in Rjchrrsf/nd, VA. 

*GaryMitdien'83BVE 
'86MURP/H«6 is a planner for 
Hcnrio) f >ounty, VA. He \iva in 
Cliestcrfield, VA. 

Mary MuHdwfaite '86BS/B b an 
information systems jpecialtst for 
Merge Computer Group, Inc She 
lives in Urbanna, VA. 

*Nikki Nidiolau '84BS/B is presi- 
dent of Nicholau & Associates, a 
training and consultant services 
company, in Richmond, where she 
lives. 

Maurice Oliver '86BA/H86 is a 
training specialist with GerKraJ 
Services Corporation and lives in 
Richmond. 

'Barbara Lolspeich Peery '86.V1S 
'92PhD/B is an adjuna professor at 
the Florida Institute of Technology 
School of Extended Graduate Studies. 
In 1997-98, she taught and completed 
research as a senior Fulbright scholar 
in a European Union-run .\1B.\ 
program in Almat)', Kazakhstan. She 
taught courses in entrepreneunhip 
and human resource management 
Barbara li\es in Richmond. 

Anne Petera '84BS/B was 
appointed secretar\' of the 
Commonwealth of XTrginia by 
Governor James Gilmore. She lives 
in MechanicsviHe, \'.\. 

Laura Poupore '85BS/B married 
Darid .MerreU on .May 3, 1998. She 
works for Bond International 
Sofhs-are. The couple lilies in Glen 
.Allen, V.A. 

Patrick Pi^ott '89BS/H86 
'93^1S^V B a home therapist in the 
Ostbrd. NC area. He pro\Tdes indi- 
ridual and famih' therap)' tor children 
and adolescents. Fiis wite, Carohm 
Garrett '95MS/M, is practicing family 
medicine in Benson. NC The couple 
li\es in Gamer. NC 

Stacy Queensbur>- "MBS MC 
married Ien>- Olson on .April 4. 1998. 
Stac\- is an account executive with 
Humphre%'s Inc in Chic^o. 

'Dulde Ramon "MMSW is a 
social wxiiker in the newtom inteu- 
si\e care unit at Tacoma Geneial 
Hospital in Tacoma. \\'.\, where Ae 
lives. 

Keith Re>-nolds "S^MBA is the 
senior rice president of internal audit 
for Land.\merica Financial Group, 
Inc He is a CP.\. a certified infonna- 



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tion systems auditor and certified 
bank auditor. He lives in Richmond. 

L. Alan Richardson '85BS/MC is 
tlie development director for Olde 
Towne Medical Center. The Virginia 
Jaycees selected him as an Outstand- 
ing Young Virginian. Alan is also an 
ambassador to the U.S. Junior 
Chamber of Commerce and has 
served on the training task force for 
United Way of Greater Richmond. 
He lives in Williamsburg, VA. 

Terry Ridley'SllVIURP/H&S is 
an attorney with Hunt, Hamlin and 
Ridley in New^ark. He lives in 
Carteret, NJ. 

Maureen Riley Matsen '82BA/ 
H&S is the senior coordinator for 
program implementation with the 
State Council of Higher Education for 
Virginia and Uves in Richmond. 

Annette Ringwood '85BS/B is 
director of business development for 
Barber Martin & Associates and lives 
in Richmond. 

Ruth Valerie (Stephens) 
Robinson '83BS/B was admitted to 
the Virginia State Bar on April 16, 
1998. She lives in Richmond. 

Alesia Rose '85BFA has been a 
multimedia developer for the Central 
Intelligence Agency for 13 years and 
recently finished her first recruitment 
CD. She lives in Woodbridge, VA. 

Jonathan Rose '88BS/B and Sara 
McElfresh Rose '87BFA announce 
the birth of their daughter, Emily 
Marie on September 3, 1998. Sara 
earned a BS in 1991 and an MS in 
1996, both in education from Old 
Dominion University. The Roses live 
in Virginia Beach. 

Donna (Delisle) Rotzin '88MSW 
married Thomas Rotzin on April 25, 
1998. Donna is a social worker with 
Rockingham Memorial Hospital in 
Harrisonburg, VA, where the couple 
lives. 

Michael Ryan Jr. '87BS '94MBA 
and Tracy (Tuten) Ryan '96PhD/B 
married on May 23, 1998. Michael 
works at Bowers, Nelms and FonviUe, 
and Tracy works at Randolph-Macon 
College. They live in Richmond. 

Jocelyn Senn's '83BS/MC digital 
printing and graphics arts company. 
Presentation Resource, Inc. in 
Richmond is in the 1924 Dietz family 
printing building on Cary Street, 
which she renovated "It was saving a 
piece of our downtovm history." 

Jeffery Setien '81BS '85MBA is 
director of budget and financial 
planning and payroll services for 
VCU's MCV Hospitals. He lives in 
Midlothian, VA. 

*Julie Dixon Smith '87MFA/ 
H86 is the media relations coordina- 



tor for the Department of Game and 
Inland Fisheries and lives in 
Richmond. She is an accredited 
business communicator through the 
International Association of Business 
Communicators (lABC) and presi- 
dent of its Richmond chapter. 

^Michael Smith '85BS/H&S is a 
program manager in the Biological 
Defense Systems Department of ITT 
Systems Corporation. He lives in 
Alexandria, VA. 

William Spiers '88BS/B is a 
senior risk consultant with Thomas 
Rutherford, Inc. 

Michelle (Sviontek) Stehman 
'89BS/B married Jef Stehman on 
June 22, 1996. She is a senior 
financial analyst with Carolina 
Power and Light. The couple lives 
in Raleigh, NC. 

EllenTolbert'85MSWisa 
patient advocate and social worker in 
the case management department of 
Beebe Medical Center. She lives in 
Lewes, DE. 

Tony John Delia Vecchia 
'89BS/H&S earned a degree in 
Physical Education/Health from 
Central Connecticut State University, 
and teaches PE and Health at East 
Hartford Middle School. 

MeUnda (Shrader) Wallace 
'87BS/E is the assistant director of 
special services for Culpeper 
Memorial Hospital. She lives in 
Locust Grove, VA. 

Gregory Wainright '86BS/B is a 
systems analyst with Convergys, Inc. 
He Hves in Jacksonville Beach, Fl. 
*Dana Ward '81BS'86MBA is 
president of Gulf Adantic Tide. He is 
also vice president/southeast direct 
manager for Lawyers Tide. He lives in 
Orlando, FL. 

Donna Weaver '84BS/B is a 
writer/media specialist with the public 
relations office at Longwood College. 
She lives in Rice, VA. 

David WiUiams '83BS/B is presi- 
dent of A8(I Technologies. The 
company made die Rising 25, an 
annual list of the Richmond area's 
fasting growing privately held compa- 
nies. David and his wife Lorie have 
two children, Grace and Alexander. 
They live in Richmond. 

George R. Young '82BS 
'87MS/H8tS is the Emergency 
Homeless Shelter director for the 
Salvation Army of New Orleans, 
where he has worked for eight years. 

1 990s 

Louis Abbey's '95MFA/H&S 

poem "Broken Silence," first 
published in the Seattle Review, is 



included in Blood and Bone: Poems by 
Physicians, from University of Iowa 
Press. Lou is also chair of dental 
pathology at VCU. 

*Christy Hodge Allen '93BS/MC 
'97MHA is a Quality Insurance 
Compliance Specialist with Trigon 
Blue Cross Blue Shield. She lives in 
GlenAUen,VA. 

Nadhira Al-Khahli '96BA/H&S 
is a second-year student at the 
Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, 
PA, where she lives. 

Jonathan Baber '95BA/H8fS 
is a network engineer with GTE 
Government Systems and lives in 
Manassas, VA. 

D. Earl Baggett XV '97MS/H&S is 
a forensic toxicologist and deputy 
director of the Brazoria County, 
Texas Crime Lab. 

*L. Mark "Boris" Becker '90BS/B 
married Karen Anne Becker on 
January 2, 1998. He is a systems 
manager with Circuit City Stores, 
Inc., and a Blackhawk helicopter pilot 
in the National Guard. The couple 
lives in Richmond. 

Alexis Berry '97BFA is a 
graphic designer for the Wolf Trap 
Foundation for die Performing Arts. 
He lives in Sterling, VA. 

A. Scott Blankenship '94BFA has 
opened his own graphic design firm, 
Blankenship By Design. He also 
works for the Southside Sentinal, a 
weekly newspaper in Urbanna, VA, 
where he lives. Scott and his wife 
Pamela are the parents of twins, Kyle 
and CaitHn, and are expecting anodier 
chUd in March. 

Rosemary Bourne '93BSW is 
an assistant prosecutor with the 
Gloucester, VA, Commonwealth 
Attorney's Office. She lives in 
Richmond 

Edward Boyce '91BS/H&S and 
his wife, Marian Carmical, are 
co-pastors at three churches in 
Henderson, NC, where diey Uve. 
They began serving at St. Andres 
Presbyterian, Brookston Presbyterian, 
and Young Memorial Presbyterian 
Churches in August. 

Gladys (Rut) Brenner '90MFA is 
the president of A B Designs and lives 
in Richmond. 

Mikele (Galbraith) Bryant 
'95BA/H8{S is a research analyst 
with Realty Information Group 
in Bethesda, MD. She lives in 
Gaithersburg, MD. 

Brandy Floiunoy Biunette 
'93BS/B married loseph Bumette on 
September 24, 1998. She is an associ- 
ate widi Saunders, Cary & Patterson. 
The couple lives in Richmond. 



*Marika Byrd '92BGS is die office 
manager and on the editorial staff of 
Virginia Wildlife magazine at the 
Department of Game and Inland 
Fisheries. Marika has is a certified 
professional secretary, granted by the 
Institute for Certifying Secretaries. 
She is also a retired, full-time state 
employee. She lives in Glen Allen, VA. 

^Philip Calhoun '95BS/B is die 
manager of the Benefits Accounting 
Department of Heilig- Myers. His wife 
Valerie (Rose) Calhoun '79BS/E is an 
ESL teacher with Henrico Coimty 
Public Schools. They live in 
Richmond. 

T. Greg Camp '98BGS is presi- 
dent of die Virginia Registry for the 
Deaf He will begin teaching 
Introduction to Interpreting at J. 
Sargeant Reynolds Community 
College in die spring of 1999. He Uves 
in Richmond. 

Leonard Carlson III •97MT was 
promoted to second Ueutenant in the 
Virginia National Guard. He is a 
math teacher and basketball coach at 
A. T. Johnson Middle School and 
lives in Montross, VA. 

Kristine Carter '97BA/H8cS 
married Quintin Tedeschi on 
September 27, 1997. Kristine works 
for Astra Merck. The couple lives in 
Richmond. 

Susan Ciconte '93BS/H8cS is 
pursuing studies in American history 
at die University of Minnesota. She is 
a volunteer at a local historical society 
and also at the neighborhood lake, 
where she is a guardian for Canada 
Geese. She lives in Minneapolis. 
Kimberly (Hurley) Costello 
'91BS/H8tS is a school counselor at 
DeLand Middle School and lives in 
Daytona Beach, FL. 

Kristina Chapman Craig '92BFA 
is director of CenterviUe Day Care in 
Manakin-Sabot, VA. Kristina, her 
husband Michael and their children 
Elijah and Scout live in Glen Allen, 
VA. 

Aaronde Creighton '93BS/H&S 
is a senior persormel recruiter with 
Market-Pro Inc. in Marietta, GA, 
where he lives. 

David Crockett '91BS/H&S is a 
chemist with die United States Food 
and Drug Administration and lives in 
Cincinnati. 

Debi Crockett '98BS/B works for 
Old Dominion Electric Cooperative 
and lives in Urbanna, VA. 

Thomas Cuddy '93BS/H8cS is 
working on a doctorate in archeology 
at Coliunbia University and lives in 
New York City. 

Gordon Currey '96BS/B married 
*Nancy DeAngelis '97MD in May 9, 



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1998. Gordon is an account adminis- 
trator al Tliompson, Sicgcl and 
Walmslcy Investment Council. Nancy 
is doing her internal medicine resi- 
dency at VCU's MCV Hospitals. They 
live in Richmond. 

Carole Cuttitta '90BHA married 
William Thietje on lune 27, 1998. 
Carole is a teacher in the Virginia 
Beach City School System. The couple 
lives in Virginia Beach. 

Amy (Vandevander) Davis 
'95BS/H&S married Marshall Davis 
on May 30, 1998. Amy works for 
the Chesterfield County Police 
Department. The couple lives in 
Richmond. 

'Christy (Moseley) Domzalski 
'97BFA married loseph Domzalski 
on lune 30, 1998. She is a hairstylist 
vnth C3 Hair in Richmond, where 
she lives. 

Ann Doyle '93BFA married 
Philip Spraker on August 15, 1998. 
Ann works for Circuit City Stores, 
Inc. The couple lives in Richmond. 

*Amy Drewer '97MS/MC is a 
copy editor for the Lexington Herald- 
Leader and Hves in Lexington, KY. 

Tara (Davis) East '92BFA 
married Robert East on March 30, 
1998 in Playa Tamarindo, Costa Rica. 
Tara is a buyer with Hapes Home 
Furnishings. They live in Virgima 
Beach. 

Nelson Eby '98BS/H&S and 
Angela Diaz '98BS/B married 
on August 22, 1998. Nelson is a 
computer specialist with the Federal 
Bureau of Investigations. Angela is 
an analyst with the Federal Reserve 
Bank of Richmond. They live in 
Hanover, VA. 

John Edwards '96MURP/H&S 
is a district planner for the City 
of Newport News and lives in 
Smithfield,VA. 

Laura Ellis '96BA/A is acting 
director of the Black History Museimi 
and Cultural Center of Virginia, Inc. 
in Richmond, where she lives. 

Todd Emerson '92BA/H&S, an 
English major, had an undergraduate 
research grant to create software to 
teach writing for the English 
Department. After graduation, "I 
moved to Seattle to pursue my inter- 
ests in wine and computers" — 
working for a winery, a wine shop in 
Pike Place Market, and for Edmark, a 
educational software company. 

He left Edmark to start his own 
consulting company, which devel- 
oped technical business solutions and 
internet presence for brokers, ware- 
houses, and computer superstores; his 
chief client was iCat. In 1996 he 
joined Applied Miaosystems 
Corporation (AMC). 



"I married Kristine Kathryn 
Santiago in 1996, and our daughter 
Uuren Kalhryn l-.merson was born in 
November, 1997." Emerson is now 
an IS Manager at Sequel Technology 
in Seattle. 

Joyce Fisher '97BS/MC works in 
the external traffic department of 
Barber Martin & Associates. She lives 
in Powhatan, VA. 

Sheron Fields '95BS/MC earned 
an MA in Christian Education from 
Union Theological Seminary- 
Prebyterian School of Christian 
Education. She lives in Richmond. 

Cyndra Flynn '94BS/MC is assis- 
tant director of student life at Illinois 
State University in Normal, IL, where 
she lives. She earned her MA from 
Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 
1996. 

Clarence Forman Jr. '90BS/H86 
earned his law degree fi-om New 
England School of Law in May 1997, 
and is now assistant general counsel 
with the Disabled Persons Protection 
Commission in Boston. He is a 
member of the Mass. Supreme 
Judicial Court Bar and the U.S. 
District Court Bar, Distrirt of 
Massachusetts. He lives with his wife 
and three-year-old son in 
Marlborough, MA. 

Maria Forte '96BFA is a museum 
technician at the United States 
Holocaust Memorial Museum in 
Washington. She lives in Alexandria, 
VA. 

♦Lisa Freedlander '95BS/MC is 
an account manager for World 
Championship Wrestling and lives 
in Atlanta. 

♦Freddie FuUer 11 '93BS/H&S has 
moved back to Richmond from 
Maryland to work with Greater 
Richmond Transit Company, the 
city's bus ser\dce, as director of 
planning and grants management. 

George Fuller '95BS/B is national 
sales manager with Acme Dynamics. 

Charlene Gamba '91BFA is the 
art director for Olympus Group, Inc., 
in Alexandria, VA, where she lives. 

Dorothy Garrett '97MSW 
married Paul Bledsoe on May 23, 
1998. She is a social worker at 
Winchester Rehabilitation Center. 
The couple lives in Winchester, \'A. 

♦Jaheyla Garris •96BA/H8fS 
works for Capital One. She is enrolled 
in VCU's Fast Track MBA program. 
After she earns her MBA, she plans to 
pursue a law degree. Iahe)ia lives in 
Richmond. 

David Gerson '96BFA is working 
on a master's degree at Columbia 
Universit)' and lives in New York 
City. 




It Could Happen to You. "I never win anything like this! I almost didn't take 
the call. " As Christine Johnson '80 MS/N fright J discovered, this is not a hoax. 
Thanks to the generosity ofjosee Galle Covington, President of Covington 
International Travel, she won two free tickets to anywhere in Europe on U.S. 
Airways. 

Sound like a deal? You can be eligible for this year's drawing on luly 15. 
When you pledge to your School's Annual Fund, just pay your pledge within 30 
days or by credit card. It's good for VCU, because paying by credit card fulfills 
your pledge immediately, decreases the cost of reminders, and goes right to work 
for the School. 

Christine and her husband. Dr. David A. Johnson '80MD, have decided to 
take their two children with them. Now, the only question is — Rome or Paris? 



Meredith Glenn '96BS/H&S 

is a financial aid counselor and 
coordinator of student employment 
at Randolph Macon College. She lives 
in Richmond. 

Larry Gordon '95BS/B is a safety 
officer with the VCU's Department of 
Environmental Health and Safety. He 
lives in Richmond. 

Kelly Gotthardt '90BFA married 
Marc Lambiotte on May 30, 1998. She 
works for the Phillips Collection art 
museimi in Washington. The couple 
lives in Takoma Park, MD. 

Dylan Greenbaum '94BS/B 
manied Leigh Kennett '96BS/H86 
on June 20, 1998. Leigh is in grad 
school at VCU, and the couple li\-es 
in RicJunond. 

Theresa Howard Guiim 
'95BS/H8cS worked security for the 
U.S. Congress in winter, 1996, and is 
now preparing for missionan' work. 
She married Jerr\- Guinn in October, 
1996. 

Mark Hannon '94BFA is worldng 
in the computer net\s-ork indusny. He 
hves in Baskin Ridge, NJ. He would 
like to hear from any old fiiends at 
mark_m_hannon@atlanticmutuaL 
com 

♦Erich Hartmann '%BS/MC is a 
cop\^\Titer for Young and Rubicam, 
NY'. He has \sTitten, directed and 
produced national multi-ad cam- 
paigns for GTE Wireless. 



Cynthia Henderson '94BSW 
'96MSW married Clinton Porter Jr. 
on August 1, 1998. Cynthia is a 
program coordinator for the Cit>- of 
Richmond, where the\- Ihe. 

Terri Henshaw '98MEd married 
John Ziegenfiiss lU on .May 23, 1998. 
She works for Kinder Care Learning 
Center in Richmond. The coupk lives 
in Petersburg, \',\. 

Kimberh' Rose HiUman 
'92BS/H&S earned her law degree 
fi-om the Uni\"ersit>- of Baltimore in 
.May, 1997, .Magna Cum Laude, aixi is 
a member of the Heusler Honor 
Socien-. She is an attome>- in die 
Products Liability- Group-Tone Tort 
Team, at McGuire, Woods, Battle & 
Boothe in Richmond. 

Katherine Holcambe '97BS/MC 
is a media assistantwith Barber 
.Martin 8c Associates. Inc S»e lives in 
Glen .Allen. \'.A. 

Dierdre Holh "95MS^^' manied 
Pate Pearson on .May 30, 1998. She 
worb for Richmond Beha^iond 
Health .Authorit\-. The couple lilies in 
Chester, \'.\. 

Tmiothy Holu '96>a'RP 'H8cS is 
direaor of the Richmond 
Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity 
and Ii\'es in Richmond. 

Charies Hudson '97BS/E married 
Kimbeih" Gao" on .\usiist 1, 199S. 
They li\Te in Richmond. 



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♦Tiffany Hudson '96BM is 

pursuing a master's degree in music 
education at Temple University, 
where she's a graduate assistant for 
the University Bands. Tiffany lives in 
Jenidntown, PA. 

Allison (Salsbury) Isani '93MSW 
married Ariflsani on May 25, 1997. 
The couple lives in Coconut Grove, 
FL. 

Lisa Potts Jobe '90MSW and her 
husband Jared announce the birth of 
their second son, lefifrey Preston, on 
July 22, 1998. The family lives in 
Silver Spring, MD. 

Michael Jones '97BS/H&S is a 
lieutenant in investigations for the 
Capitol Police of Virginia and chair of 
the Virginia Criminal IntelUgence 
Association. 

Peter Jones '97MT is a teacher at 
Northern Granville Middle School 
and lives in Henderson, NC. 

Arthur Kaye '92MS'96PhD 
works at Clinical Psychology Services, 
P.C. of Fairfax City. He specializes in 
the treatment of chronic forms of 
depression, post traumatic stress 
disorder and sexual dysfunction. He 
lives in Alexandria, VA. 

Karen (Thomas) Keller '92BFA 
married Jeff Keller on November 2, 
1996. She is a freelance designer for 
several residential contractors in 
Newport News, where the couple 
lives. 

Brian KeUey ■93MS '95PhD/H&S 
is an assistant professor of psychology 
at Bridgewater College. He lives in 
Grottes, VA. 

Jennifer Kidwell '92BFA married 
Mark Milow on May 23, 1998. She is 
a regional marketing officer with 
Crestar Bank. The couple Hves in 
Mechanicsville, VA. 

■^Linda Kinney '97MS'W and her 
husband Patrick, celebrate die birth of 
their daughter Caroline Lee on 
October 29, 1998. Linda is a substance 
abuse clinician with the Reston 
Counseling Center. The Kinneys live 
in Leesburg, VA. 

Heather Kinser '96BS/H&S is an 
office manager with IndyMac. She 
lives in Escondido, CA. 

Steven Krause '90MFA/H&S is 
an assistant professor of English at 
Eastern Michigan University in 
Kalamazoo. 

Sharon Lee '95BS/B mamed 
Rodney Gotten on April 11 , 1 995. She 
is an underwriter for Arnica 
Insurance. The couple lives in 
Raleigh, NC. 

Donald Leonard '98BM is the 
director of bands at Monacan High 
School. He lives in Richmond. 



♦Lesley ('Willis) Lindsey '97BS/B 

married Joshua Lindsey on June 27, 
1998. She is an accountant with Philip 
Morris, USA. The couple Hves in 
Richmond. 

*Tammy Lloyd '91BFA'98MBA 
is a management development 
program coordinator with Heilig- 
Myers Furniture Company. She lives 
in Richmond. 

♦Richard Lombard! '97BS/B 
married Denise Dusenbury on May 
30, 1998. He is an accountant with 
Terry, Hagen & Atwood, PC. The 
couple lives in Richmond. 

Barbara Lundquist '97MSW is a 
psychodierapist at The Women's 
Center in Vienna, VA. She also has a 
private practice with Professional 
Guidance Associates in Washington. 
She lives in Falls Church, VA. 

Patrick Mancuso '97BS/H&S and 
Susan Hanks '94BS/B were married 
on May 16, 1998. Patrick works for 
the Virginia's Department of Juvenile 
Justice. Susan works for Central 
Virginia Bank. The couple lives in 
Richmond. 

Dianne Marcey '9 1 BS/B is a sta- 
tistical analyst for NationsBank 
Montgomery Securities. She lives in 
Emeryville, CA. 

George Mandni '91 MBA is a 
Lieutenant colonel in the United States 
Army and lives in Manassas, VA. 

♦Nancy McAtee '96MS/H&S is a 
fire and explosion specialist with the 
National Transportation Safety 
Board. She lives in Fairfax, VA. 

Tammy McClain '90BS/E is a 
civics teacher with the Norfolk Public 
School System. She was one of three 
teachers who received the Norfolk 
Public Schools' Social Science 
Inspiration Award. Tammy was also 
chosen to participate in the Writing, 
Reading and Civic Education 
Program at Harvard University. She is 
working on a master's in education at 
the University of Virginia. Tammy 
and her son Roderick Kve in Virginia 
Beach. 

Marcia Meredith '93BS/MC is 
public relations and marketing 
director for Plantation General 
Hospital and lives in Miami. 

♦Claire Merck '93BFA is a 
designer for F. Shumacher in New 
York City, where she lives. 

Elizabeth Meyers '93BA/H&S 
married Bryan McHugh on June 28, 
1998. She is a special education 
teacher in Chesterfield County Public 
Schools. The couple lives in 
Richmond. 

Kelli Miller '91BS/MC is a media 
producer/writer for the Weather 
Channel. She lives in Atlanta. 



Robin Moore '95MSW is the 

corrmiunity care coordinator for the 
Division of Youth and Family Services 
at the Hampton-Newport News 
Community Services Board. She and 
her sons Ian and Quinn are living in 
their new home in Yorktown, VA. 

♦Stephanie Morrow '98BS/H&S 
married Richard Davis on May 23, 
1998. They live in Chicago. 

♦Nannette Motley '97BS/E 
married Brian Cotman on June 27, 
1998. They live in Richmond. 

Stuart Mountjoy '93BS/MC 
married Tracy Faires on Jime 27, 
1998. Stuart is a territory manager for 
Makita, USA. The couple lives in 
Mechanicsville, VA. 

Dallas Neel '96BS/H&S is a game 
warden for the Virginia Department 
of Game and Inland Fisheries and 
lives in Bedford, VA. 

Michelle Noch '94BS/H&S is a 
corporate paralegal for Kronish, Lieb, 
Weiner & Hellman, LLP, in New 
York City, where she lives. 

Thomas Noffsinger Jr. '90BS/MC 
is a communications specialist with 
the New York Times Company 
Shared Services Center. Thomas, his 
wife Amy and their daughters Dylan, 
Taylor and Hunter live in Cortland, 
VA. 

Tara Olivero '93BA/H&S is a 
research assistant at Rollins College. 
She lives in Orlando, FL. 

Meredith O'Rourke '94BA/H&S 
is director of special events and major 
donors at the Richard Norman 
Company. She lives in Hemdon, VA. 
James 'Bob' Osborne '94BS/H8cS 
works for Daugherty and Daugherty 
Law Firm. He lives in Birmingham, 
AL. 

Hope Overholt '96MSW is a 
social caseworker for the Jefferson 
County Department of Human 
Services in Golden, CO. She married 
Jim Murphy on July 1 1, 1998. They 
live in Denver. 

Frances (HiU) Owens '94BSW 
married Eric Owens on May 2, 1998 
in Ocho Rio, Jamaica. Frances works 
for Henrico County. The couple lives 
in Sandston, VA. 

Keith Parker '90BA 
'93MURP/H8cS is the executive 
director of C-Tran, Portland's mass 
transit system. He and his wife Dawn 
(McCoy) Parker '92MEd live in Clark 
County, OR. 

Dawn Pasfield '96BFA married 
Christopher Blevins on May 16, 
19983 She is a business analyst at 
NationsBank. The couple lives in 
Charlotte, NC. 

♦Jennifer PenneU '98BS/MC is a 
media assistant vrith Barber Martin & 
Associates and lives in Richmond. 



♦Jason Pensler '96BS/H8cS is 

working on a master's in education at 
George Mason University. He is 
engaged to Carmen Diaz Ortiz, and 
he lives in Alexandria, VA. 

Jill (Litkenhaus) Perrin 
'93BA/H8cS works in die market 
research department of CP Clare 
Corporation. She lives in Dracut, MA, 

Christopher Phillips '91BS/B is 
an investment analyst for the District 
of Columbia Retirement Board. He 
Uves in Ohiey, MD. 

Gary Pierpoint '91BFA is a pho- 
tographer for the Catholic University 
of America. Christine Whitman- 
Pierpoint '93BS/MC is the print 
media dirertor with Bomstein 
Advertising Agency. They live in 
Rockville, MD. 

Robert Poling '96BS/B is an 
accountant with the United States 
Department of Commerce and lives 
in Frederick, MD. 

Thomas Pope '92BS/H8cS earned 
his MD from Eastern Virginia 
Medical School in May, 1998. He is 
completing his residency at Perm 
State-Geisinger Health System in 
Danville, PA. 

♦Elizabeth Pope Jividen '94BS/B 
is regional director of Retail Data 
Services and lives in Mechanicsville, 
VA. 

Richard Popielarz '94BS/H&S 
married Jessica Harrison on July 11, 
1998. He works for Henrico County, 
VA, and the couple lives in 
Richmond. 

♦Paul Pritchett '92BS/MC is an 
associate marketing manager with 
Union Camp Corporation. He has 
relocated to Litde Falls, N]. 

Jennifer Pryor '95BS/H&S 
married Eric Youngblood on July 25, 
1998. She works for Arrow 
Electronics, RTP. The couple lives 
in HoUy Springs, NC. 

Deborah Quick-Conner 
'96MSW and her husband Mike 
announce the birth of their first child, 
Alex Michael, on February 23, 1998. 
Deborah is a clinical social worker 
for Carilion Hospice Services of 
Roanoke, VA. The Conners live in 
Copper Hill, VA. 

Diane Rabideau '97MBA is a pur- 
chasing manager for Ethyl 
Corporation and Uves in Richmond. 

Matthew Ratchford and 
Samantha Fortune, bodi '97BS/H8cS 
married on June 27, 1998. Matthew is 
an assistant manager at Alan Furs, 
and Samantha is pursuing a master's 
degree at VCU. TTiey live in Hanover 
County, VA. 

Cecily ( Peeples) Reyes '92BS/ 
H&S is a health and emergency case 



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Jay Fitzgerald 75BS/H,BS/MC 



3Y IN GRID MERCER 

"Can I swim?" That was the 
queslion on everyone's mind at swim 
team Iryouts, when freshman Jay 
Fitzgerald showed up with the others 
at the Franklin Street pool in his baggy 
Hirdwell trunks. He did manage to 
demonstrate to VCU's varsity- 
swimming coach, lack Schiltz, that he 
could do all four strokes without 
drowning, and made the team. 
Fitzgerald was in the lane and on his 
way to an a international coaching career. Because of his accomplishments, the 
School of Education chose him as their 1998 Alumni Star. 

Despite "quite possibly being the slowest swimmer," he brought a lot to the 
young team. In fact, as Fitzgerald began coaching neighborhood children's swim 
teams, Schiltz realized that his leadership skills, honed in the military — and die 
fact diat he had to re-learn all the strokes — were making him into an extraordi- 
nary coach and teacher. 

Jay Fitzgerald came to VCU in 1971 after six years in the army. Drafted into 
the Vietnam War, he had earned the rank of First Lieutenant. Having grown up 
near D.C., he was looking for a "real city" where he could develop his interests in 
journalism and politics. After his experience in the military, die "blue blazer" 
fraternity and sorority scenes of colleges like the University of Virginia were "too 
much like Disneyland." 

Diverse, dynamic, and the center of state government, "VCU and Richmond 
were the perfect launching pad," he says. "VCU was new every day and life as it 
really is. It was part of a real community." He adds, "It was especially exciting to 
see the art students' creative works on display throughout the campus." The tmi- 
versity was constandy changing and growing, and the students played a part in 
the transformation. 

On the other hand, "I have never been more afraid of failure than I was in 
diose first six mondis as a returning student. I knew die other students fresh out 
of high school still had that schoolwork mentality. I was terrified that I would fail 
my classes." And, he carried a 20-hour class load for a double major in physical 
education and journalism. 

His teachers offered strong moral support. His first academic advisor was 
Dr. George Crutchfield, head of the School of Mass Communications."He 
would always say hi and invite me to his office to see how I was doing. Dr. 
Crutchfield made me feel more secure as an older student in the academic envi- 
ronment." 

Teachers also made connections between student and city life. Bill Turpin, 
who taught journalism, was a "do-what-you-have-to-to-get-the-story-in" 
reporter and a demanding teacher. Turpin's students "addressed issues regard- 
ing the city of Richmond, the state government, national aftairs, and how they 
shaped our lives." 

Besides coaching the swim team. Jack Schiltz taught in the School of 
Education. "Schiltz had us working in inner-city schools for our student 
teaching," an experience that impressed Fitzgerald. Education students learned 
how to motivate and challenge young people whose home situations were not so 
conducive to school and learning. 

Motivation for swimming is similar, Fitzgerald says. "The teacher analyses 
students' strengths and weaknesses and suggests how they can improve. Once 
students are successfijl, they will come back to you for more input. Coaching or 
managing people is all about putting people in your care in charge of their own 
lives and then guiding them toward success." 

Once acclimated as an older student, Fitzgerald's double major pressed him 
into some creative time management. He turned in one paper in two phys ed 
classes and a magazine writing class, as well as publishing it in a sports magazine. 



Yup. A s in all three classes. But the subject justified a littie fiidgif^ Fitzgerald 
wrote about the swimming start from a runner't racing aouch, one foot back, 
"that evolved right here on this campus," he says. Before, jwijniwn flood at the 
edge of the pool, arms swung back, to start a race. "Now, everyone uies either a 
Track Start which was created at VCU or the traditional Grab Start in all 
.swimming meets." 

Since he left VCU, Fitzgerald has coached age groups from ekmentaiy 
school to master summers. He's coached numerous US Swimming teams — 
USS is the national governing body for swimming — and intematiortal teams 
including the USA National Team and the USA Pan American Team. He has 
coached swimmers from Japan, Denmark, Singapore and Moldova, mort of 
whom went on to swim on their countries' 01\Tnpic teams. In fact, ".My biggest 
accomplishments are placing people on Olympic teams." He coached 
swimmers Dave Wilson and Betsy Mitchell onto the 1984 U5. Olympic team, 
where both of them won both gold and silver medals. In 1998, .Mitchell was 
inducted to the Swimming Hall of Fame. Now Fitzgerald is coachi;^ at Pine 
Crest High School in Fort Lauderdale. 

That second major in Mass Comm came in handy as wefl. While he was at 
the 1987 European Championships with his Danish swimmers, Fitzgerald met 
Don Crique, a sportscaster for NBC. Crique invited him to be an associate 
producer and advisor witii NBC for the 1988 Olympic swimming es'ents. He 
won an Emmy for his work, something he found out only v\hen the network 
called him and said, "Your Emmy has been sitting here for a year. Do you want 
it or not?" He advised NBC again for the 1992 Olympics. 

So, what is his key to building such successful teams? Technique. "This was a 
cornerstone from Jack Schiltz." Before s\NTmmers can work on endurance, the^- 
must be able to swim die strokes correctly. This is the major difference between 
competitive and recreational swimmers, he says. "1 can tell how much training 
swimmers have had just by watching dieir movements in the water. 

"It's like the difference beUveen basketball on the street and pro baD," be 
explains. "Good swimming is like ballet The lines of the strokes are dean and 
simple. Good swimmers are artists." 

Ingrid Mercer is a swimmer herself, noncompetitive but serious. She 
has worked on her technique with Betsy Nagle, aquatics director at the 

University of Pittsburgh. 




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manager for Caritas Refugee Services 
of Austin, TX, where she lives. 

Lance Reynolds '98ME<i is a 
physical education teacher with 
Northumberland County School 
System, as well as head coach of the 
eighth-grade football team. He lives 
inCallao.VA. 

Stuart Rodda '98BS/B is a staff 
accountant for CKfton Gunderson 
PLLC. He lives in Richmond. 

Andrea (Lucy) Rollins 
'90BS/H&S married Geoffrey Rollins 
on May 23, 1998. Andrea is a property 
manager at The Links Apartment 
Homes. The couple Uves in Glen 
Allen, VA. 

Dina Rosenthal '91MA/B is exec- 
utive director of the Staten Island 
Children's Museum and lives in 
Staten Island, NY. 

Amy Ruth '92BA/H8;S and her 
husband Jim Meisner '93BS/MC live 
in Williamsburg, VA. Amy's biogra- 
phy for children, Louisa MayAkott, 
was released in July 1998 by Lemer 
Publications in partnership with A8;E 
Network's "Biography" series. In the 
next two years she'll write biographies 
of Mother Teresa and Olympic 
champion Wilma Rudolph and a 
history of the lives of children during 
the Great Depression for the series. 
Amy is a development news writer at 
the College of William and Mary and 
teaches composition at J. Sargeant 
Reynolds Community College in 
Richmond. 

Jim and Amy co-wrote The 
Founding Fathers, a children's history 
coming out in June 1999 from Enslow 
Publishers. Jim is a PR specialist at the 
Virginia Department of Conservation 
and Recreation, promoting the state's 
28 parks. A part-time actor, he has 
appeared in several televison com- 
mercials, mo\'ies and documentaries. 
Scott Santmier '95BS/B married 
Carol Bailey on June 27, 1998. They 
live in Chicago. 

Heather (Napier) Satterfield 
'97BS/E married Don Satterfield III 
on May 2, 1998. Heather works at 
Peoples National Bank. The couple 
lives in Danville, VA. 

*JohnScavuUo'97BS/Bisa 
computer programmer with Car Max 
and lives in Richmond. 

'Christine Sendaydiego '96MEd 
married Gaven Schofield on Jime 20, 
1998. She is a youth counselor in 
Richmond, where they Uve. 

*Daniel Smith '95BFA is a 
computer installation technician for 
DYNCORP. He lives in Montclair, 
VA. 

Michelle Smith '94BSW married 
Richard McCarthy on May 30, 1998. 



She is a preschool teacher at Kids R 
Kids. They live in Orlando, FL. 

Samuel Smithers '95BFA married 
Tanya Rhodes '96BS/B on May 30, 
1998. They live in Glen Allen, VA. 

*Kai Sommer '94BA/H&S is an 
airman in the U.S. Air Force, sta- 
tioned in Japan. 

Jennifer "Gamett" Spigle '97BFA 
is an assistant designer for Zelda in 
New York City, where she Kves. 

*Michael Stanley '93BS'97MPA 
is assistant director of financial aid at 
Emory University and lives in Atlanta. 

Mark Sties '93BFA manied 
Alison Birkey on April 4, 1998. He is 
an administrative assistant at James 
Madison University, in Harrisonburg, 
VA, where the couple lives. In his 
spare time Mark enjoys ministering to 
youth, website construction, and per- 
forming free concerts. 

William Sturman Jr. '93BS/MC 
married Lynda Hatton '92BM on 
May 30, 1998. William works at 
Capital One. Lynda works for Aaron 
Rents, Inc. They live in Richmond. 

Kathy Sumerford '97MT won the 
1998 Sale Mae First Class Teacher 
Award for Henrico County Public 
Schools. She lives in Richmond. 
Zachary Swartz '92BA/H&S 
'96MD married Susan Miller 
'97MHA on April 18, 1998. Zachary 
works at VCU's MCV Hospitals. 
Susan works for Southern Health 
Service of Richmond. They live in 
Richmond. 

Laura Tanger '91BFA is a student 
advisor at the Gemological Institute of 
America. She lives in Cardiff-By-The- 
Sea, CA. 

Stephanie Taylor '97MEd 
married Rodney Jefferson on August 
1, 1998. She is an early childhood 
special education teacher in Roanoke, 
VA, where the couple Uves. 

Matthew Tessier'93BS/E 
married Kathleen McCarthy Tessier 
on July 19, 1997. They live in 
Pottsdam, NY, where he works at 
Clarkson University. (An earlier note 
had mistakenly reported his marriage 
to Cyndra Flynn '94BS/MC, which 
did not take place, from an engage- 
ment announcement) 

*Ivan Thomas '97BS/H8;S and 
Jennifer Miles '97BS/H&S are 
engaged. Ivan is is a counselor with 
Associated Educational Services and 
working on a master's degree in 
coimseling education. Jennifer is a 
second-year medical student at 
Northwestern University Medical 
School in Chicago. They plan a July 
1999 wedding. 

Brian Thomasson '94BAyH8;S 
passed the Virginia Bar Examination, 



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and was sworn in on Jime 1, 1998, by 
the Virginia Supreme Court. He 
works for Zoby and Broccoletti in 
Norfolk, VA. 

*Pamela Thompson '92BFA 
'98MAE earned her MAE through 
VCU's satellite program in Tidewater, 
VA. She lives in Chesapeake, VA. 

Christine Thomer '96MT was 
promoted to head teacher at the 
Brooklyn Friends School and lives in 
Brooklyn. 

Rangeley Thornton '95MS/H&S 
is a criminal justice program analyst 
in the Crime Prevention Center at 
Virginia's Department of Criminal 
Justice Services. He works with youth 
safety initiatives throughout the state, 
mainly with school resource officers 
and at risk programs to keep youth 
out of the court system or to help 
reduce recidivism through 
school/police partnerships. 

Kristen Verderosa '98MT 
married David Hess on June 6, 1998. 
Kristen is a special education teacher 
for Hanover County Public Schools. 
The couple lives in Charles City, VA. 
Christopher Warren '92BS/H&S 
received the Navy and Marine Corps 
Achievement Medal and was 
promoted to marine sergeant. 

Melanie Pecht Welch '94BS/H8{S 
and her husband celebrate the birth of 
their first chUd, Blake Owen Welch, 
bom on June 14, 1998. Melanie is a 
technical writer editor for System 
Resources Corporation. The Welch's 
live in Petersburg, VA. 

Jason Whitehead '96BA/H&S is a 
conservation technician with the 
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation 
and lives in Williamsburg, VA. 
Eric Wickenheiser '91BFA 
'98AE/A is teaching art (in English) to 
high school students in Istanbul, 
Turkey. "1 have spoken to a few Tiu-ks 
in Turkish, using Tarzan talk, and 
pointing and noddng. I was even able 
to discuss the evolution of 
Christianity and Islam from the 
worship of a conunon patriarchal sky 
god in the Near East," he writes. 

Thomas Willcox '97MT complet- 
ed Officer Candidate School at Naval 
Aviation Schools Command, Naval 
Air Station in Pensacola, FL. 

Robert Wilson '90BFA and 
Ruthanne Raniszewksi '94BFA plan 
a May, 1999 wedding. Robert works 
for Acme Plastics, Inc. in Alexandria, 
VA. Ruthanne is a graphic designer 
tor Graver, Mathews, Smith & Co, in 
Falls Church, VA. 

Greg Winge '96MSW is the 
director of youth services for Franklin 
County, VA and lives near Boones 
Mill,VA. 



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Catherine Winstead '94MT 

married Robert DuPuy on August 15, 
1998. She works for Aptos Middle 
School in Aptos, CA, where the 
couple lives. 

Heather Wirt-Farnsworth 
'93BS/B is a network consultant with 
Renaissance World Wide and lives in 
Chesterfield, VA. 

♦Pamela (Walker) Wood 
'96BS/H8cS manied Maya Wood on 
May 3, 1997. Pam is a student at 
James Madison University. The 
couple lives in Linville, VA. 

Tammy Young '96MT received 
the SaUie Mae First Class Teacher 
Award in Prince George County, VA, 
where she teaches kindergarten at 
North Elementary School. Tammy 
and her husband Eric live in Prince 
George. 

Elizabeth (Farmer) 2Ummer 
'95MEd married Christopher 
Zimmer on June 28, 1997. Elizabeth is 
a preschool special education teacher 
in Floyd County, GA. The couple lives 
in Rome, GA. 

Obituaries 
1 940s 

Susan Mahan '44C(OT)/AH. 

KatherineShank'41BFA. 

Maude Spindler Stevens '46BM 
'51MM on August 27, 1998, at 74. She 
taught piano in Richmond for more than 
50 years. 

1 950s 

Jennings Barber '57BS/B '57C/E. 
Claudine Carew'STBFA, at 63. She 

was an actor, director and drama teacher 
at the York County School of the Arts. 

Jean Carroll Grigg '56MSW June 14, 
1 998, at 67. She was one of the first 
Licensed Clinical Social Workers in the 
state of Virginia. 

Beverly Keith '58BM. 

Ashton Mitchell '52BFA on June 23, 
1998. 

Carter Ossman-MuUer '50MSW. 

Dr. Richard Perkins '54BS/H8(S died 
December31, 1998, at 70, after a long 
illness. He was a Presbyterian minister and 
held a Master and Doctor of Divinity from 
Union Theological Seminary. He had been 
a missionary to India and later was execu- 
tive director of TRUST, an ecumenical, 
integrated agency that provided consulta- 
tion and training for social change in the 
'60s and '70s. 

David Shepard '56BS/MC on 
February 8, 1998. He was an associate pro- 
fessor of business at Virginia Westem 
Community College for more than 
twenty-five years. 

William Stephens Jr. '54BS/H&S on 
August 23, 1998. 

Beverly Ann Smith Young 
'56BS(OT)/AH lune 19, 1998, at home in 
Pascaguola , MS, after battling breast 
cancer for 27 years. 




Kathleen Mansfield Bullard '41 UFA, died I Xccmher 9, 1998 at her home in 
(lodchiand ( >iunly, al 7X. List April al Reunion Weekend '9«, she commented 
ihal evenis wen.' "ilc);anl and friendly," — apt words to describe Kathleen herself. 

I ler style was perhaps the first thing 
you noticed; hut it was more than 
matched hy her enthusiasm, humor 
and cheerful energy. 

She grew up on a farm in 
.Spottsylvania and began college as a 
home-economics major and one of 
Virginia Tech's first co-eds — on a 4-H 
scholarship she'd won in a biscuit- 
making contest. After a year there, she 
came to RPI to study art 

"You had to be committed," she 
said ofRPI's five-and-a-half day class 
weeks. "Students were serious about 
their work — but we had fiin at the 
same time." She was also senior class president and chaired 
the Senior Dance Committee. 

Kathleen maintained a strong connection with RPI 
and VCU. Soon after graduation, she and the late Jack 
Creasy '42BFA co-founded the RPI Alumni 
Association. It wasn't especially easy in the face of Dr. 
Hibb's concern that alumni might want more control 
than he thought appropriate. But alumni like 
Kathleen and lack persisted, keeping hand-written lists 
of alumni and paying for supplies and stamps out of 
their own pockets. They finally won over the founder, 
who gave them a tiny office on campus. 

Her friend and classmate Asa Watldns '41BFA— who introduced her to her 
husband, fim — remembers her as "extremely able, and artistic. She was very 
involved, a great mother to her four children, and she had a great mind." In fact, 
he said, "I envy her mind. She never forgot anything. She was a great leader of 
organizations." Her friend Sue Durden agrees. "Kathleen had strong opinions 
and wasn't afraid to express them." 

Kathleen was on RPI's Board of Visitors at the time of the merger with the 
Medical College of Virginia, and she served on the merged board. She was also 
on the advisory committee to VCU's Honors Program. She was twice president 
of the MCV vi'omen's Auxiliary and a founding member of the MCV Hospitals 
Hospitality House. She served in the community, too, and was on the board of 
Children's Hospital for many years. 

"She was very loyal to anything she believed in, like RPI and VCU," adds 
Durden. Something else both her friends and organizations valued was that 
Kathleen was a good cook and a great hostess, who entertained often at her 
home in Goochland Coimty. "And indefatigable as far as numbers," adds 
Durden in some awe. "There would be more than 100 people at family 
reunions." 

She loved art and music, and did some of the illustrations for A History of 
Spottsylmnia, written by her brother, lames Mansfield. But the major quality 
both Watkins and Durden remember was that she was a loyal fiiend, persistent, 
kind, generous and gracious. VCU will miss her. 




Jessie Hibbs [lawkt- '4<Jik/,VtSW on July 1 2, 1998, in TazeweO. Virginii, ti(i 
heart attack. She was 77. Her father, L>r. Henry Hibt», fiounded the Richmond 
Professional Institute, now VCU. She married .S'alhanid John Hatnie in 1943 
from the Dean's House at 910 West Franklin Street, now the Proident't FiouK 
(photo;. Her husband ona- wrote to I.>r. Hibbs abfjut "the one important thing 
we have in common, the superior kjnd of 
wives we have." )c-ssic told her daughter, 
"An exciting marriage is always being 
yourself." 

Her daughter, Susan Altizer, said that 
her mother and aunt were raised by their 
parents "on a love of art, literature, hislon 
and a sense of adventure . . . and love and 
compassion for those less fortunate." Both 
sisters were social workers. Jessie did social 
work in Alexandria before she married, 
and later vrith the Red Cross. 

Although she suffered from post-polio 
syndrome, Jessie was still living in her owti 
home. Her life-long friend, Mary Grace 
Scherer Taylor — whose father, Dr. |.J. 
Scherer, was chair of RPI's Board of 
Directors until 1956 — commented that 
"she went out as she lived, with a lot of 
fire." Susan Altizer summed up her 
mother as "an uncommon woman of 
strength and intelligence living in a time ot 
change who did the best she could at ever\ 
turn." 

Several times during the 1980s, lessie 
spoke to Cabell Library Archivists about 
her father, sharing materials and filling in 
some gaps in Hibbs history. Here are some 
of her memories of Dr. Hibbs and growing up with RPI. 

"I do know he talked over even' problem with [my mother]. Mother had a 
Master's in Math fi-om Columbia, and whenever Hibbs asked legislators or 
donors for money, "she . . . worked on these legal pads, on nimibers for hira for 
a presentation." Hibbs, who had a hearing problem, "could ahs-ax's hear 
Mother." Jesse recalled helping her modier and sister and Bessie BrovsTi with teas 
in the garden of the Dean's house at 910 West Franklin Street for facults- and 
students. 

The merger with the Medical College of \Trginia seemed to her a natural 
outcome of a long relationship. "RPI has al^vays cooperated as much as the\- 
possibly could with other colleges, with the dt\- of Richmond, the noedical 
college, the hospitals." Nurses for several Richmond hospitals trained at RPI, as 
well as lab technicians and occupational therapists. "Oh, wa\' back, e\"en before 
the war . . ..what they were doing here was, the medical collie wanted some- 
thing, so they taught it." Hibbs' cooperation, she recalls, extended to \Trginia 
Union University; "I know Daddy met \\ith the president of that sdKXil and 
tried to see what the)' could do to help each other." 

When Hibbs died at 89, in .\pril, 1977, so many former students and fecuhy 
and friends came to Lexington and brought stories with them, that "it was the 
happiest funeral . . .that 1 have ever been to." 




1 960s 

Mina-Io Bostic '60MSW on April 30, 
1998. 

Robert Wesley Dervishian Sr. 
'68BS/B, at 58, following pancreatic 
surge:)'; he had had episodic lupus for five 
years. He was a senior partner mth his 
twin brother William in the law firm 
Dervishian & Dervishian in Richmond. 
Robert was passionately interested in 
science all his life. He wrote a computer 
program for the firm in 1987. In 1993 he 
wrote "Grand Unification Theor)'," a 
paper on the expansion of the universe, 



and distributed it on the internet. He also 
invented and held patents to a four-person 
chess game, a Der\ishiam family fevorite. 

Mary Smucker Hulburt '65MSW 
October 27, 1998 of cancer, at home in 
Richmond. She was 78. She was a psy- 
chotherapist and taught in VCU's 
Department of Psychiatn' until 1977. She 
retired fi-om private practice in 1991. A 
Mennonite with a life-long love of music, 
she helped establish the Richmond Sacred 
Harp Singers, who sing hymns from 
shaped-note music. 

Ruth Davis Langhome '60s/A on 
September 10, 1998, of complications 



fi-om strokes; she was 77. She studied at 
Richmond Professional Institue, and 
painted and taught at her shop in 
Richmond during the '70s. Her watercol- 
ors hang in pri\^te and corporate collec- 
tions and ^^'ere sho\\-n in iuried exhibitions 
throughout \'irgini3. from Abingdon to 
the Chri-sler Museum in Norfolk 

Katherine Chamberlain Hratt 
Radford '62MS/ H&S on .\pril r:, 199S, at 
87. She had taught on the facult\- ofVCU's 
Department of Ps\'cholog\". 

Waj-ne Sprouse '68BS/B on )uh' 13, 
1998, at 55. He was an account exeaitrN-e 
with the Flagship Group. 



loyce Tompkins 'WBSH&S on 
.\ug:ust 12- 19^8. 

Ann Barber Winston WBSI on 
|uh- 17, 1998, alter a brief illness. She 
was the owner of Edio AudioBooks in 
Mi^inia Beach. 

1970s 

Dasid .\nderson ~2BS"B. 

Barrett Brandon Ir. 7"5BSB on June 
Iti- 1998, at 55. 

Horace Fairar 78B&H&S .\iJgast 12, 
1998, at 45. 



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Ruth Spain Frost '73MEd September 1 6, 
1998, at 86. She was a retired teacher and coun- 
selor with the Richmond Public Schools. 

Nils Hanson '71BA/H&S on September 29, 
1998, at 49. He worked for the William Byrd Press 
until he retired in the mid-'80s. 

Louise Jacobson '77MME in September, 
1998. She had been a music teacher and elemen- 
tary music supervisor in Henrico County for 
many years. 

Michael Magee '75MS/H&S. 

Karen Lutz Morris '71BSW June 1, 1998, at 
49. She was a social worker and director of social 
services for Albemarle County for 25 years, until 
she retired in 1996. 

Glayds Brooks Payne '78MEd. She was an 
educator in Hanover, Goochland and Henrico 
Counties for 25 years. 

Wade Roper '75BS/H8(S'79BS/P on May 29, 
1998, at 49. 

William Rutherford '77BFA. 

Benjamin Vorhies '69BS/B '75MS/B. 

Barbara Harris Walke '72MEd on June 11, 
1998, at 66. 

Harry Weinstock '75BS/B. 

1 980s 

Claude Bailey '87BFA. 

Thomas Carter '85BA/H&S May 26, 1998, at 
39. 

Mary S. Evans '84BS/MC on October 29, 
1998, at home in Richmond, suddenly of a heart 
attack, at 56. She was the spokesperson for the 
Virginia State Police in central Virginia since 1993. 
State police Superintendent Wayne Huggins 
described her as "extremely skilled in her profes- 
sion." 

George Gerber'81BS/B. 

Lysa Fay Gunter '89BFA on September 25, 
1998, at 34. 

JohnHeifoer'88BS/H&S. 

Bettye Holland '82BGS/NTS. 

Rosemary Tipton Johnson '86MEd on July 
25, 1998 of cancer, at 50. She was the principal of 
South Elementary School. 

J. Daniel Long Jr. '83BS/H8(S on October 1 , 
1998. He was a retired employee of AT&T. 

Karen WUson Moody '81BA/ HStS '86C/B on 
June 25, 1998. 

Kathryn Moorefield '86C/B on April 2, 1998. 

Dennis O'Connell '83BS/MC. 

1 990s 

Glenn Atkinson '93MBA on September 1 , 

1 998, at 35. He had worked in the Bellwood 
Printing Division of Reynolds Metals. 

Dina C. Bowden '97BSW on January 28, 

1999, at the age of 23. She was a rehabilitation spe- 
cialist for SOC Enterprises, a non-profit sheltered 
work environment in Arlington, VA, for people 
who are mentally and physically challenged. She 
was the daughter of John A. Bowden '89BS/H8(S, 
the sister of Jennifer Bowden DeBruhl '92BS 
'98MURP/ H8cS, and the sister-in-law of Mark 
DeBruhl '86MACC/B. 

Mary Dyer '93MSW on September 2, 1998. 

Lori Fogleman '94MT on July 20, 1998. 

JohnHemans'93BS/H8£S. 

James McManus '90BA/H8(S on June 13, 
1998, at 76. He was the owner of the James B. 
McManus Fimeral Home in Medford, NY. 

Deborah Roszak Watson '94BGS/NTS on 
July 3, 1998. She had worked at Philip Morris for 
twenty years. 



Key To Abbreviations 

Alumni arc identified by year 
degree/school 

Schools 

A Arts 

AH Allied Health Professions 

(Cl.S) Clinical Laboratory Sciences 
(RC) Kchabilitation Counseling 

B Business 

D Dentistry 

E Education 

En Engineering 

H&S Humanities and Sciences 

M-BH Medicine-Basic Health Sciences 

MC Mass Communications 

N Nursing 

NTS Nonlraditional Studies/ 
University Outreach 

P Pharmacy 

SW Social Work 

Degrees 

AS Associate's Degree 

C Certificate 

BGS Bachelor of General Studies 

BFA.MFA Bachelor, Master of Fine Art 

BSW.MSW Bachelor, Master of Social 

Work 
BM, MM, MME Bachelor, Master of 

Music, Master of Music Education 
M, DPA Master, Doctor of Public 

Administration 
MAE Master of Art Education 
MBA Master of Business 

Administration 
MD Doctor of Medicine 
MEd Master of Education 
MIS Master of Interdisciplinary Studies 
MPA, DPA Master, Doctor of Public 

Administration 
MT Five-year Teacher Education 

program includes a BA or BS/H&S 

and a Master of Teaching. 
MURP Masterof Urban and Regional 

Planning 
PhD Doctor of Philosophy 



V[yAA[lf[ffiMB[RS 

Mr. Herman W. Allen |r. 
Mrs. I.inda (Holt) Armstrong 
Mrs. Beth (Williamson) Ayers 
Mr. Charles W. Ayers 

Ms. Amanda S. Bass 

Mrs. Nancy ((latling) Beesley 

Mr. Stanley Berent 

Ur. Victoria Williams Biondi 

Mr. Charles B.Blileylr. 

Mrs. Ouida B. Bliley 

Ms. Holly A. Boniface 

Ms. Susan M. Booker 

Ur. Janice (DcaverJ Brandt 

Miss)anincC. Braun 

Mr. Robert H. Brawand Jr. 

Mrs. Loryn (Holcomb) Brazier 

Mrs. )ane C. Budwcll 

Dr. Leigh C. Budwcll 

Mr. Roger C. Burke Jr. 

Ms. Marilca L. Byrd 

Mr. Kim C. Carlton 

Ms. Marcia R. Carr 

Mrs. Rejena (Goffigon) Carreras 

Mrs. AJexa (Geraldine) Case 

Mr. Michael P. Casey 

Mrs. Beverly (Coleman) Cooper 

Dr. Bill Cowles 

Mr. Gary P. Grain 

Mr. Gregory P. Crandall 

Ms. Kristin P. Crandall 

Mr. Bevill M. Dean 

Ms. Margaret T. Dominick 

Ms. Bibiana M. Duet 

Mrs. Audrey (Flood) DuVal 

Mr. James A. DuVal 

Mrs. Virginia (Renalds) Edmunds 

Mrs. Brenda S. Paulloier 
Mr. J. Richard Faulkner Jr. 
Mrs. Louise Hoppe Finnerty 
Mrs. Charlotte (Gibney) Fischer 
Ms. Margaret W. Fisher 
Mrs. Monnie (Huff) FitzPatrick 
Ms. Jo Ann Fore 
Mr. Dale G. Forrest 
Ms. Martha B. Fry 

Mrs. Wanda D. Garner 
Mr. Patrick J. Geary 



'S OFFICIAL-VCU ARM CHAPTERS 

NOVA/DC 

VCU grads in the Northern Virginia/Washington, DC area have formed a 
committee to develop an alumni chapter— Omar '98MS/H&S and Terri 
'88BFA Lahlou, Eleanor Foddrell '82BS/B, Michael Smith '85BS/B and 
Alphonso Cypress '96BS/B. Their current focus is identifying alumni to 
participate in the chapter as well as developing goals and an agenda for 
the organization. All alumni in the area are welcome to join them at monthly 

meetings. For informa- 
tion, please call Rick 
Faulkner '73 BSW 
at 703-684-7705 or 
202-307-3106 ext. 138 
or email him at 
rfaulkner@bop.gov or 
rfaulkner@msn.com. 




Mrs. Mclba (Gammon) George 
Mrs. Debbie (Simmon.*) GimpeLvon 
Mr. Alan S. Goldstein 

Mr. Harold William Hale Jr. 

Mrs. Karen M.Hale 

Ms. Catherine h. |. Harding 

Ms. Aimccl. Hay 

Ms. Sondra L. Held 

Mr. William C. Hicklin 

Dr. Jane Ratcliff Hill 

Dr. Robert W. Hill 

Ms. Kimberly D. Holt 

Mr. Charles L. Home 

Mrs. Claudia C. Hubbard 

Mr. Michael G. Hubbard 

Dr. Joyce A. Hudson 

Ms. Mitzi (Greene) Humphrey 

Mrs. Amy G. Humphreys 

Mr. Benjamin R. Humphreys Jr. 

Ms. Anne D. Hundley 

Mrs. Barbara J. lies 
Mrs. Patricia (Blake) Insley 
Mr. Anthony Ippolito 
Mrs. Mary (PearsaU) Irvin 

Mr. Paul R. Jeffrey Jr. 

Mr. Ed Jordan 

Ms. Nicole M. Jordan 

Mrs. Barbara (Harvey) Kamps 
Mr. Joel Dean Keith 
Miss Ruth A. Kirkpatrick 
Dr. Margaret A. Klayton-Mi 
Mrs. Suzanne H. IQein 
Mr. Michael H. KJine Sr. 
Mr. Brian Knowles 
Ms. Carol L. Krupp 

Mr. Jesse S. Lermon III 

Dr. Ann Waite MaddiLx 
Di". Wayne F. Martin 
Ms. Maureen Riley Matsen 
Dr. John Dail Matthews 
Mrs. Virginia Gary (Lancaster) 

McDonald 
Mrs. Anne K. McKenney 
Ms. Veda M. McMullen 
Ms. Leeanne R. Meadows 
Mr. John F. Michie IV 
Mr. John H. Monger III 
Dr. Wendy M. Moore 
Mrs. Jane K. Morrow-Jones 



Dr. Jonathan W, .Monro/. Iodo 
Mr, hrne^t L). Mfncky 
Mrv Jean (Bacon) Mofdey 

Mr. Scott A. Sewdam 
Mrs, Ann IC Norm 
Mr. David S. Norm 
Mrs. Julia M. Weston Nutter 

Dr. John F, Payne 
Mr. AJan M. Perrow 
Mr. Rand V. Pinman 
Mr. Andrew M. Pugh 

Mrs. Joan t. Rexinger 

Mr. Stephen M. Rexrodc 

Mr. Chester T. Reynold* Jr. 

Dr. Gary K. Richey 

Mrs. Margaret (Terhorst) Robimon 

Mr. Stanley A. Robinson 

Mr. Randall B. Saufley 

Mrs. Katherine (Shaw) Scgura 

Mr. Saul Segura 

Mr. Frank J. Shelton Jr. 

COL Jamei K. Skeens 

Mr. Ronald J. Smith 

Ms. Patricia L Smith-Solan 

Ms. Alma (Burton) Stevenson 

Mr. J. Southall Stone 

Ms. Jacquelin G. Strohkoib 

Mr. Tony C. Suhre 

Mrs. Marilyn (Rogers) Te^ue 
Mrs. Janet Thompison 
Mr. Jay T. Thompson HI 
Ms. Margaret J. Tinsley 
Ms. Ellen G. Trimble 
Mr. Harn' \V. Trimble Jr. 
Dr. James E. Turner 

Mr. Larry L Verbit 
Mrs. Therese (Balint) Veremakis- 
Leasburg 

Mrs. Jane (Cross) Wait 

Mr. Robert S. Wait 

Mr. Thomas W. Walton 

Mr. William H. Webster 

Mrs. Carol (Gravely) Adair White 

Mr. Russell A. W'ilcock 

Dr. Shirley B. Wiley 

Dr. Joan B. Wood 

Mr. Stephen L Worley 

Ms. Kim A. Yenkevich 




New York City 

Who says New Yorkers don't get 

involved? For several years, New 

York City alumni have held a variety of 

events and activities for VCU 

graduates in the area. They began to 

formalize an official New York City 

alumni chapter in November. The organization committee is CL"e": , 

developing chapter structure, guidelines and goals. They invite ail 

interested New York Crty alumni to participate in the chaDte-- 3"d attend 

future meetings. For information, please contact Michelle Andryshak 

■92BS/1VIC at (914) 651-6025; Ozair Khan 0mar2ai'87BPh?£: '.■: ;::-."■ 

Ozair.Omarzai@chase.com; or Clint White 'SSBAUSS n 

clint_white@whitney.org. 




924 West FranMin Street 



VCU's Front Door 

The dumpster nudges the back of the house, dust fills the air and the sounds of 

old tile being ripped up and temporarY walls pried apart echo in the street. Renewal 
and restoration for the VCU Alumni House begins. 

Preliminary preparations, including removing asbestos and lead, were finished 
before the holidays, revealing many original details of the house. Workers 
demolished walls added to create apartments and took out added plumbing and 
electrical, and the house's original dimensions are emerging. Its parlors, fireplaces 
and pocket doors had not been destroyed— only covered over or diminished to 
create smaller living units for students and others. 

This activity reflects more than nine months of planning. The Alumni House 
Committee, chaired by the Association's immediate past president, Dr. M. Kenneth 
Magill, began work in spring of 1998 to develop the House as a home for VCU 
alumni and the University's front door. The Committee chose RGA/SSA of Richmond 
as the architects, unveiled preliminary plans September 29, and received final 
drawings before the holidays. We'll choose the renovations contractor in early 
March, and we expect the house to open in late fall. A subcommittee will plan 
interior design and choose furniture for the house this spring. 

Fulfilling its mission, the House will have spaces for formal and casual 
meetings and get-togethers and will welcome visitors to a home-like environment. 
The main floor will feature a restored formal entryway and staircase, two parlors 
and reception areas, and a multi-purpose room for meetings and events. The back 
entrance will open onto a private garden, and a catering kitchen will provide 
support for events of up to 1 50 people. Reserved parking and ramp, and an elevator 
will provideaccess for all alumni. There will be offices for Association staff and a 
conference room on the top two floors. 

Perhaps the most important mission of the house is its role in beginning the 
University's first major Endowed Merit Scholarship Campaign. The opportunity to 
recognize donors' generosity by naming rooms, and even the Alumni House itself, 
in honor of major gifts, was the inspiration for the Association to begin what has 
grown into a $3.6 million campaign. 

The Alumni Association Scholarship Campaign began with the Association's 
pledge to match $500,000 in Alumni House naming gifts being raised to create a $1 
million fund. The VCU Foundation liked the idea so much that it pledged to match 
the $1 million with $800,000 for endowment and $200,000 for current scholarship 
to begin the program immediately. Deans of the Academic Campus schools will 
then be challenged to raise another $1 .8 million in scholarships, and their efforts 
will be matched dollar for dollar, creating a $3.6 million merit scholarship effort. 

The Alumni House and Scholarship Endowment reflect the growing commit- 
ment of VCU alumni to support and strengthen the University. All alumni are invited 
to visit their new Alumni House when it is completed in the fall, and to join fellow 
alumni in helping VCU provide the finest educational opportunities in Virginia to 
more students. 



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